Edmonton Debt Projects 2005-2020

An audit was recently released that provided our current financial position as a city. The audit clearly shows that Edmonton’s financial position today is not as good as it was 20 years ago. That may lead you to ask, why is that the case?   During our Audit Committee meeting today, there was an excellent…

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Balancing investment choices between infrastructure renewal and growth presents a significant challenge, especially when our city grows and ages at the same time. The gap between what is needed and what the City can afford continues to grow; therefore, obtaining and prioritizing funding remains a key concern.    Renewal vs. Growth:   Renewal is investment…

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Cost Reduction Scenarios

At our Audit Committee meeting on Friday, September 18th, I made the following motion, “That Audit Committee recommend to City Council that Administration return to the fall Supplemental Operating Budget Adjustment (SOBA)/Supplemental Capital Budget Adjustment (SCBA) deliberations as appropriate with two scenarios to reduce supervisor full-time equivalents (FTEs) by 5% (up to 92 FTEs /$13.2…

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The latest Capital Projects update was provided to the public this week and includes details on the scope, schedule, and budget of each Integrated Infrastructure Services (IIS) managed project.  Except for projects related to land, equipment, and information technology, the IIS Department is responsible for managing all substantive capital infrastructure projects within the 2019-22 Capital…

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If you follow me on Twitter you know that I, along with many different people and organizations, expressed serious concerns about Bill 29. Contrary to a recent video released by our Premier on his Facebook page, Bill 29 continues to give the incumbents huge advantages over new challengers. The only exception to that rule is…

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About a month ago, I wrote a blog post to provide some initial thoughts for the hundreds of people who had been contacting me about the future of community safety in our city. If you haven’t read through that blog yet, please take 10 minutes to start there before continuing on with this post. One…

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“Every City project is completed late and over-budget.” It’s a statement I hear quite often but it’s also demonstrably false. Over the years, I have written regularly about the changes that have been made in how the City manages projects. You can read my latest blog post from December which details these changes and outlines…

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