Core review price goes up
A public meeting on May 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall will give residents of the city a chance to get more information and ask questions about the city's core review.
Mayor Shari Green, who is the chair of the select committee on the core review, presented a report to council on further discussions held with KPMG, the company awarded the contract to conduct the review, to clarify a few points within the agreement between the chartered accountant company and the city.
"The contract was signed. We had a few items we needed more understanding on," Green said.
One of those items, public consultation, was of particular interest to council, with the goal to ensure the process remains transparent and well understood.
Because KPMG expanded on it's first outline of how public consultation would be dealt with, the price of the review was also impacted, bringing the cost up to $313,000, not including a 2.5 per cent administration fee.
A portion of the HST charged will come back to the city."Is it within our $350,000 contingency?" asked Coun. Brian Skakun.
He was told it was close but should fine be since a portion of the HST charged will be returned to the city.Coun. Garth Frizzell asked what was included within the administration fees category.
He was told long distance cell phone calls, photocopying and those sorts of services are included, however there is no specific list itemizing what could be included as an administration fee.
"Public consultation was significantly understated in the proposal. I'm glad it's expanded. I welcome the community input. I believe it gives the core review credibility," Coun. Cameron Stolz said.