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STRATEGIC POLICIES AND PRIORITIES COMMITTEE

A G E N D A

Date of Meeting:Tuesday, December 15, 1998Enquiry:Christine Archibald

2nd Floor - Metro HallE-mail address

55 John Street, Torontocarchicba@city.toronto.on.ca

Time:

9:30 a.m. Interim Contact
Location: Committee Room A 392-7031

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST PURSUANT TO

THE MUNICIPAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT.

COMMUNICATIONS/REPORTS

DEPUTANTS

1.FINAL REPORT - TASK FORCE ON COMMUNITY ACCESS AND EQUITY

Task Force on Community Access and Equity

Report Not Yet Available

2.SULPHUR IN FUELS - TORONTO'S FUELS PURCHASE PROGRAM

City Clerk

(November 16, 1998)

Advising that the Corporate Services Committee on November 9, 1998:

(1)submitted the communication (October 19, 1998) from the City Clerk respecting Sulphur in Fuels, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee, without recommendation; and

(2)reported having forwarded a copy thereof to the Economic Development Committee for consideration and report thereon to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee.

(A copy of the article, titled "On the road to cleaner gasoline", from the Toronto Star dated October 26, 1998, is on file in the office of the City Clerk.)

3.CITY OF TORONTO GRANTS POLICY

(Deferred from the November 17, 1998, meeting)

City Clerk

(October 26, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Municipal Grants Review Committee from its meeting of October 26, 1998, recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee the adoption of the report (September 16, 1998) from the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services which recommends that:

(1)the City of Toronto Grants Policy be adopted as presented in Appendix 1;

(2)the Anti-Racism, Access and Equity Policy Guidelines be adopted as presented in Appendix2;

(3)the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services, in consultation with the appropriate officials, be directed to prepare the administrative guidelines described under Section XVI of the proposed policy for the review of the Municipal Grants Review Committee at its October meeting; and

(4)the appropriate City officials be authorized to and directed to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.

4.CONTINGENCY GRANTS ALLOCATION

City Clerk

(November 21, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Municipal Grants Review Committee from its meeting on November 20, 1998, recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee the adoption of the report (November 19, 1998) from the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services respecting the final set of 1998 Contingency Grants allocation, in which it recommends that:

(1)funding in the amount of $5,000.00 per agency be restored to Cabbagetown Youth Centre, Central Neighbourhood House, St. Christopher House, St. Stephen's Community Centre, and University Settlement House;

(2)a one time allocation of $6,145.54 be made to the Company of Ocean Venturers Incorporated;

(3)the National Broadcast Reading Service Inc. not receive funding under the contingency grant program as it does not meet the program criteria;

(4)the grants contingency not be used to make donations and, therefore, a $5,000.00 donation to "Jesse's Journey" not be made from the grants contingency; and

(5)the appropriate City officials be authorized and directed to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.

5.COMMUNITY SERVICES GRANTS PROGRAM - 1998 REALLOCATION OF FUNDS

City Clerk

(November 20, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Municipal Grants Review Committee from its meeting on November 20, 1998, recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee the adoption of the report (November 2, 1998) from the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services, in which it recommends that:

(1)the reallocation of $20,000.00 under the 1998 C.S.G.P. to: Macaulay Child Development Centre ($14,500.00); and Welcome Baby Support Program for Etobicoke ($5,500.00) be approved;

(2)the allocation of $10,000.00 to the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto be approved; and

(3)the appropriate City officials be authorized and directed to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.

6.EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUND - WINTER ALLOCATION RECOMMENDATIONS

City Clerk

(November 20, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Municipal Grants Review Committee from its meeting on November 20, 1998, recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee the adoption of the report (November 9, 1998) from the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services, in which it recommends that:

(1)the attached allocations totaling $264,352.00 for agencies described in Appendix A be approved;

(2) the outstanding agency requests for Emergency Support funding be referred to the United Way for consideration under the enhanced Winter Relief program; and

(3)the appropriate City officials be authorized and directed to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.

7.THE TORONTO HERITAGE FUND GRANTS PROGRAM

City Clerk

(November 20, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Municipal Grants Review Committee from its meeting on November 20, 1998, recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee the adoption of the following Recommendations Nos. (1) to (5) contained in the report (November 4, 1998) from the Managing Director, Toronto Historical Board:

"It is recommended that:

(1)the Toronto Heritage Fund grants program be expanded to cover the entire City of Toronto;

(2)Heritage Toronto continue to administer and manage the Toronto Heritage Fund grants program on behalf of the City of Toronto;

(3)Heritage Toronto, or its successor, report back to Council in one year with a review of the program and an appropriate long-term strategy for managing the Fund;

(4)applications be reviewed on a competition basis; and

(5)a representative of each former municipality be invited to participate in a cross-jurisdictional review committee."

8.EXTERNAL LEGAL FIRMS RETAINED FOR INSURANCE CLAIM DEFENCE

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and advising that the Budget Committee received for information the report (October 16, 1998) from the Chief Administrative Officer and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

9.REINVESTMENT OF ANIMAL LICENSING AND REGISTRATION FEES

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, and recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council that the following recommendations of the Board of Health contained in the transmittal letter (October 19, 1998) from the City Clerk, be considered as part of the Budget Committee deliberations on the 1999 Operating Budget:

"The Board of Health recommends to the Budget Committee that:

(1)current licensing revenues continue to be utilized to defray operating expenses; and

(2)any additional licensing and registration revenues be used to fund retroactive program initiatives, subject to the review and the resolution of these and other amalgamation-related issues."

10.PUBLIC HEALTH - SITE RATIONALIZATION

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and recommending that the following action taken by the Board of Health as contained in the transmittal letter (October 16, 1998) from the City Clerk, be received for information:

"The Board of Health recommends to the Budget Committee that the Budget Committee and the Commissioner of Corporate Services give high priority to site rationalization because of the potential cost saving benefits inherent therein."

11.UPDATE ON CONSULTING ASSISTANCE FOR AMALGAMATION

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the following action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and advising that the Budget Committee:

(1)received as information the report (September 29, 1998) from the Executive Director, Human Resources and Amalgamation;

(2)requested Local 79 to forward a letter to the Budget Committee outlining its concerns in detail; and

(3)recommended that this matter be considered further at the meeting of the Budget Committee scheduled for December 8, 1998, and that it be listed as a deputation item.

12.1998 WHEEL-TRANS BUDGET - UPDATE

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, and recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council that the Toronto Transit Commission Report No. 15 entitled, "1998 Wheel-trans Budget - Update" from the meeting of the Toronto Transit Committee on November 4, 1998, be received and considered as part of the Budget Committee deliberations on the 1999 Operating Budget.

13.CURRENT VALUE ASSESSMENT - TAX CAPPING

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee, advising that the Budget Committee received for information the communication (September 30, 1998) from the General Secretary, Toronto Transit Commission, and the report (November 16, 1998) from the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

14.SWIPE CARD TECHNOLOGY

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, advising that the Budget Committee received for information the communication (October 26, 1998) from the General Secretary, Toronto Transit Commission.

15.YARDS RATIONALIZATION STUDY

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, and recommending that:

(1)the report (November 9, 1998) from the Commissioner of Corporate Services be received for information; and

(2)the Yards Rationalization Study be completed either in or before June, 1999.

16.CHILD CARE EXPANSION - CITY'S COST SHARING REQUEST TO THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and advising that the communication (October 8, 1998) from the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services was received for information.

17.ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD HEARINGS

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, and recommending the adoption of the following recommendations embodied in the report (August 25, 1998) from the City Solicitor, subject to the following amendment to Recommendation No. 3:

"in the event that Council directs the hiring of an outside planner, the necessary funding be taken from the department's contingency."

and:

(1)the City Solicitor be given standing instructions to attend all Ontario Municipal Board hearings in support of Council's decisions on planning matters such as Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-laws, plans of subdivision and condominium and site plan unless otherwise instructed by Council;

(2)the City Solicitor attend at Ontario Municipal Board hearings with respect to appeals from Committee of Adjustment decisions and severance decisions only pursuant to Council's direction to attend;

(3)where Council's position is not supported by the Executive Director and Chief Planner of City Planning, Council expressly direct the City Solicitor to retain external consultants as may be required, on a case-by-case basis, with the monies to be made available from the Corporate Contingency Account; and

(4)this report be forwarded to the Community Councils for their information.

18.KEELE VALLEY LANDFILL SITE - FILLING OPTIONS

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, and recommending that financial implications and costs be considered during the Budget Committee deliberations on the 1999 Operating Budget.

19.TORONTO ZOO - 1998 OPERATING BUDGET VARIANCE REPORT AND CONTINGENCY REQUEST

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, and recommending that:

(1)the communication (October 27, 1998) from the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Zoo be received as information;

(2)consideration of the request that the additional net program expenditure amount of $750,000.00 above the approved budget amount of $6,975,000.00 be funded from the City Contingency Account, be deferred to the end of 1998; and

(3)the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer provide a cash flow to allow the Toronto Zoo to meet its operating expenditure requirements.

20.REPLACEMENT OF POLICE VEHICLES

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, and recommending the adoption of the report (October 30, 1998) from the Commissioner of Corporate Services which recommends that:

(1)the purchase of 146 cars for the Toronto Police Service be approved;

(2)funds in the amount of $3,815,000 be approved from the Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Reserve, for this purpose; and

(3)proceeds from the disposal of the surplus units be deposited to the Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Reserve.

21.EATONVILLE LIBRARY

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, and recommending that the Toronto Public Library be authorized to proceed with the engineering design work for the Eatonville Library, funds for which have been provided in the 1999 Library Capital Budget.

22.SURVEY OF SINGLE PARENTS

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, and recommending that the recommendation of the Community and Neighbourhood Services Committee, to adopt the report (October 19, 1998) from the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services be considered as part of the Budget Committee deliberations on the 1999 Operating Budget.

23.CITY HALL RENOVATIONS

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council and recommending that:

(1)no part of the organization be allowed to purchase furniture for at least one year until a complete review of the furniture situation has been conducted, unless such furniture is required to accommodate the a needs of physically challenged person;

(2)the staff practice of not moving furniture between buildings and offices be suspended;

(3)staff conduct a facilities review of each floor in Toronto City Hall and only where it is absolutely necessary carry out any carpeting, repair work or painting;

(4)consideration be given to relocating the Senior Staff, i.e. the Chief Administrative Officer and the six Commissioners, to the lower floors of City Hall, as close as possible to the link, and that the cost of painting, carpeting and other renovations required to facilitate this move be reported to the Sub-Committee - Relocation of Members of Council to City Hall;

(5)the vacating of leased space be given a high priority; and

(6)there be no further expenditures on Toronto City Hall beyond those necessary to complete the originally authorized renovations until all the following requested reports from the Chief Administrative Officer and the Commissioner of Corporate Services are delivered.

24.OVERSIZED STREET NAME SIGNS - INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF OLDER PERSONS (1999)

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee, for receipt of information, the transmittal letter (November 6, 1998) from the City Clerk forwarding the recommendations of the Seniors' Task Force with respect to the installation of oversized street signs.

25.FUNDING FOR BENDALE NEIGHBOURHOOD LIBRARY RENOVATION PROJECT

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council, and recommending the adoption of the report (November 18, 1998) from the City Librarian, which recommends that additional funding of $150,000 be provided to enable the Library Board to proceed with the Bendale Neighbourhood Branch renovation project.

26.TORONTO POLICE SERVICES BOARD - UPDATE ON POLICE PURSUITS

City Clerk

(November 19, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Budget Committee from its meeting of November 18, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee, and recommending receipt for information of the communication (November 9, 1998) from the Toronto Police Services Board.

27.SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, GREENSPACE/NATURE AND WATER ACTIONS

Chair, Environmental Task Force

(December 1, 1998)

Forwarding the foregoing report, proposing actions that can be taken to implement important ideas that were identified by participants of three workshops held by the Environmental Task Force in early September, 1998, and recommending that:

(1)the Commissioner of Works and Emergency Services, in consultation with the appropriate Commissioners be requested to report to the Works and Utilities Committee on the most effective way to implement sustainable energy actions (a) to (f) and water actions (1) to (q) identified in the report;

(2)the Commissioner of Economic Development Culture and Tourism, in consultation with the affected Commissioners, be requested to report to the Economic Development Committee on the most effective way to implement greenspace/nature actions (g) and (h) identified in the report;

(3)the Commissioner of Urban Planning and Development Services, in consultation with the affected Commissioners, be requested to report to the Urban Environment and Development Committee on the most effective way to implement sustainable energy action (e), greenspace/nature action (i) and water action (m) identified in the report;

(4)the Commissioner of Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, in consultation with affected Commissioners and the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority, be requested to report to the Economic Development Committee on the most effective way to implement greenspace/nature action (j) identified in the report;

(5)the General Manager of the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority, be requested to report to the Environmental Task Force on the most effective way to host a stewardship forum and establish an interactive stewardship website as described in greenspace/nature action (k) identified in the report;

(6)the Chief Administrative Officer and the Commissioner of Works and Emergency Services, as co-chairs of the Toronto Inter-departmental Environmental (TIE) Team, be requested to coordinate the preparation of the reports to the Standing Committees which respond to the actions identified in the report (December 1, 1998) and to provide a monthly status report to the Environmental Task Force commencing in January 1999; and

(7)City Council be advised that the Environmental Task Force supports the community initiative to create a roof top garden on the third floor roof deck of Toronto City Hall.

28.DECISION OF THE ONTARIO LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD ("THE BOARD") - BARGAINING UNIT STRUCTURE, DESCRIPTION AND THE DETERMINATION OF BARGAINING AGENTS UNDER THE PUBLIC SECTOR LABOUR RELATIONS TRANSITION ACT, 1997 ( THE "ACT")

Executive Director Of Human Resources

(December 1, 1998)

Forwarding the foregoing report, providing an overview of the decisions of the Ontario Labour Relations Board determining the bargaining unit structure, the description of the bargaining units for the new City of Toronto and the process for determining which bargaining agents will represent the employees to be included within the bargaining units, and recommending that the report be received and forwarded to Council for information.

29.ESTABLISHING A CAPITAL REVOLVING FUND FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services

and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(December 1, 1998)

Forwarding the foregoing report and recognizing that Council has agreed in principle to establish a capital revolving fund for affordable housing to provide financial support to projects that demonstrate the City's role in facilitating creation of affordable housing (July 1998) and recommending that:

(1)the City establish a Capital Revolving Fund for Affordable Housing and re-designate the Social Housing Reserve Fund of the former City of Toronto for this purpose;

(2)the Capital Revolving Fund for Affordable Housing be managed as a restricted reserve fund, consistent with the requirements of Section 37 of the Planning Act;

(3)the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer be responsible for making recommendations to Council about allocation of funds from the Capital Revolving Fund to non-profit organizations including Cityhome/Metro Toronto Housing Company Limited, per the management plan outlined in this report, and restricted to the following purposes:

(i)proposal development funding for affordable housing projects;

(ii)project development assistance including forgivable loans and re-payable loans;

(iii)project financing (e.g. second mortgage loans); and

(iv)other activities related to improving the quality and quantity of affordable housing supply in the City of Toronto.

(4)the $1,288,776.72 received from the Province of Ontario as partial settlement of the former City of Toronto and Cityhome's claim against the Province arising out of the cancellation of non-profit housing projects be allocated as follows:

(i)$214,186.23 to Corporate Services to cover legal costs associated with the claim;

(ii)$7,813.00 to Cityhome to cover expenses related to the claim; and

(iii)$1,066,777.49 (plus accumulated interest) to the proposed Capital Revolving Fund for Affordable Housing.

(5)the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer report back on options for ongoing funding of the Capital Revolving Fund for Affordable Housing, if adopted.

(6)the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer report back on final management guidelines for the Fund;

(7) Council write to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Federal Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing advising that Council has established a Capital Revolving Fund to support Affordable Housing, and to request that the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada participate in supporting development of affordable housing in the City of Toronto by contributing to this Fund; and

(9)authorize and direct appropriate City officials to take the necessary actions to implement these recommendations.

(A)City Clerk

Forwarding the action taken by the Budget Committee - Report Not Yet Available

30.EXEMPTION FROM PHASE-IN BY-LAW - 188 EGLINTON AVENUE EAST

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(December 4, 1998)

Forwarding a report, providing additional information regarding the communication received by the Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force at their meeting on November 20, 1998, from Goodman and Carr, solicitors for 188 Eglinton Inc., requesting that the property at 188 Eglinton Avenue East be excluded from the provisions of the City's 1998 residential phase-in policy; and recommending that:

(1)City Council approve a policy that, pursuant to subsection 372(6) of the Municipal Act (the "Act"), that where there has been a change in the classification of a property between the 1997 and 1998 tax years, and the property has been converted to residential uses for all of 1998, such property should be excluded from the phase-in of assessment-related tax increases and decreases under By-law No. 472-98; and

(2)authority be granted for the introduction of a bill in Council substantially in the form of the draft by-law attached to the report as Appendix A.

(A)City Clerk

(December 2, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force from its meeting held on November 20, 1998, and advising that the Task Force took the following action:

(1)requested the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the City Solicitor, and, if necessary, Ms. Yvonne Hamlin, to report on the request contained in the communication (November 19, 1998) from Ms. Yvonne J. Hamlin, Goodman and Carr, Barristers and Solicitors, and to take the necessary action to ensure implementation of the change without phasing in of the tax decrease; such report to also include any outstanding matters that the City has with the developer; and

(2)requested the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to submit the report to the December 15th meeting of the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee for consideration by City Council on December 16th 1998, or earlier if possible.

31.1999 INTERIM LEVY BY-LAW

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(December 3, 1998)

Forwarding a report to provide for the levy and collection of 1999 interim realty taxes, and recommending that authority be granted for the introduction of a bill in Council substantially in the form of the draft by-law attached as Appendix to the foregoing report, providing for an interim tax levy in the amount permitted by statute, prior to the adoption of the estimates for 1999.

32.BY-LAW TO AMEND PHASE-IN BY-LAW

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(December 3, 1998)

Forwarding a report to obtain Council's authority for the establishment of a by-law to amend By-law No. 472-98, being a by-law "To Phase-in 1998 Assessment-Related Tax Increases and Decreases for the Residential Property Class". and recommending that authority be granted for the introduction of a bill in Council substantially in the form of the draft by-law attached to the report as Appendix "A", providing for technical amendments to By-law No. 472-98.

33.WRITE-OFF OF UNCOLLECTIBLE BUSINESS TAXES AND WATER CHARGES FROM THE COLLECTORS ROLL

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(December 1, 1998)

Forwarding the foregoing report for the purpose of addressing the uncollectible business taxes still on the Tax Collector's Roll. These business taxes can be struck from the Tax Collector's Roll under the provisions of the Section 441 of the Municipal Act, R.S.O. 1990. The Section 441 process differs from other tax related adjustments because only Council can approve the write-offs being removed from the Roll and does not include cancellation of taxes due to assessment appeals (i.e. the Section 40 process), and recommending that:

(1)Council resolve to cancel the uncollectible business taxes of $ 7,375,419.29 and strike them from the Tax Collector's Roll under the provisions of Section 441 of the Municipal Act,

(2)the amount attributable to uncollectible taxes from Business Improvement Areas (BIA) in the amount of $19,330.59 and $60.34 be written off as a receivable under Section 441; and

(3)the amount attributable to uncollectible water charges in the amount of $190,714.13 be written off as a receivable under Section 441".

34.ASSESSMENT AND TAX POLICY TASK FORCE - PROPOSED TERMS OF REFERENCE

City Clerk

(December 2, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force from its meeting of November 20, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and recommending that:

(1)that the following Terms of Reference be adopted for the Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force:

(a)To meet as a working reference group to provide political direction to Finance Officials in the preparation of comprehensive tax policies in advance of the return of the 1999 Current Value assessment, (taking effect in 2001) including:

(i)review the tax burden for each property class, including the advantages and disadvantages of different tax rates for the residential, multi-residential, commercial and industrial property classes;

(ii)develop comprehensive tax policies for the multi-residential, commercial and industrial classes, including a permanent solution (ie. 2001) to ensure property tax equity between property classes;

(iii)develop long term (ie. 2001) tax policies to protect charitable and similar organizations in the commercial and industrial classes;

(iv)work towards a recommendation that a portion of a resident's property taxes be based on income;

(b)To develop a process to consult interested stakeholders on proposed tax policies for the 2001 reassessment;

(c)To review hardship cases arising from the 2.5 percent cap on charitable and similar non-profit organizations during the 1998-2000 period;

(d)To review criteria for an enhanced tax relief program for low-income seniors and disabled persons;

(e)To review a mechanism to establish a general tax deferral program for all low-income home owners;

(f)To review ways and means to protect the City's tax base;

(g)To continue efforts to persuade the Provincial Government to exempt veterans' club houses from the education portion of the property tax; and

(h)To provide options for Council, should legislation change in the future; and

(2)The Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force report directly to City Council because deputations are made at the Task Force level and not at the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee level.

35.PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES FOR PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL BUILDINGS

City Clerk

(December 2, 1998)

Forwarding the action of the Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force from its meeting of November 20, 1998, to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee, recommending that the report (November 13, 1998) from the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer be amended by deleting the word "legislation" and inserting the word "regulation" in Recommendation No. (1), and that the report, as amended, be adopted.

 

   
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