Hamilton Audit, Finance, and Admin Committee for August 13, 2014

Councillors will debate a post-employment cooling off period for senior staff, Development Charge credits for The Centre on Barton, tax competitiveness, and upgrading the City’s online public mapping service.

Live video starts at 9:30am.

The [full agenda](http://hamilton.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=648&doctype=AGENDA) is on the City’s website. (Warning: Not AODA complaint or mobile-friendly)

Tax Competitiveness

Full Story: Hamilton’s Tax Competitiveness Below Other Municipalities

Hamilton’s ranking in relative tax burden compared to other municipalities is poor with many property classes among the highest in the province.

Furthering the impact, Hamilton’s below average income levels make the burden higher.

Building Permit Enforcement

Full Story: Only Four Permit Violators From 2013 Facing Legal Action

An internal City audit finds that only 4 of 19 outstanding building permit violators from 2013 are facing legal action from the City.

Staff Post-Employment Cooling Off Period

Full Story: Council Debates One Year Ban on Lobbying for Senior Staff

An internal City audit finds that only 4 of 154 outstanding building permit violators from 2013 are facing legal action from the City.

RBG Development Charges Waiver

Full Story: RBG asks City Council to Waive Development Charges for Rock Garden Rejuvenation

The Royal Botanical Gardens is rejuvenating the famous Rock Gardens and part of the plan includes a new building.

The RBG is formally requesting City Council waive the $102,734.13 in development charges.

Centre on Barton Development Charge Credits

Full Story: Centre on Barton Seeks Development Charge Credits Extension Worth $1.7m

The Centre at Barton is asking City Council to extend its development charges credits for an additional five years, beyond the usual five-year limit for DC credits, at a value of $1,736,905.98.