(Outcome – Council referred this motion to the October 23, 2019 Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting, and ultimately adopted an amended motion. A future CityHallWatch article will look at what this means for Vancouver.)
Here is a motion going before Vancouver City Council on October 1, 2019 (Tues) that deserves the wholehearted support of the public and Council. The motion lays out a strong case for creating the position of an independent auditor general office, and sets March 1, 2020 as the desired start date.
From CityHallWatch’s nine years of observing City Hall, we strongly believe the savings from having this office will be far greater than the proposed annual budget of one million dollars, and encourage citizens and groups to show their support by writing or speaking to Council. A bit of time at this point could save citizens incalculable time and effort in the future. All you need to do is tell Council “I support Motion B6 (October 1) on Establishing an Independent Auditor General Office for the City of Vancouver.” You could do this online at the link indicated below, or by signing up and speaking to Council. No additional comments or rationale are required, though you are free to say more by way of explanation or support. If you do one thing this year to make Vancouver a better place, this is worthy.
The document of this motion by Councillor Colleen Hardwick is lengthy, at nine pages including end notes, so we include the just first paragraph of the “whereas” and “therefore” section to give readers a gist.
Motion B6: Establishing an Independent Auditor General Office for the City of Vancouver. Download entire motion:
Oct. 1, 2019 Agenda:
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Establishing an Independent Auditor General Office for the City of Vancouver (Motion 6, October 1, 2019, submitted by Councillor Colleen Hardwick)
Good governance in the municipal sector, and ensuring that a municipal government achieves its intended results while always acting in the public interest, is essential to satisfying the public’s expectation that a municipality is providing effective stewardship over public assets, value-for-money in operations, transparent administration, and accountability for results; …
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED [excerpt]
THAT Vancouver City Council establish an Independent Auditor General Office for the City of Vancouver, one that would report directly to Council independent of the City’s management and internal audit functions, to assist City Council in holding itself and City administrators accountable, and for this office to be based on the best practices, insights, and experience observed in other major Canadian cities that have municipal Auditors General, the intention of which will be to further strengthen the City’s audit and financial functions and inspire public confidence and faith among taxpayers that the City of Vancouver and Vancouver City Council are providing the best possible stewardship over public funds while actively and continuously seeking to:
• better identify and mitigate risks the City faces,
• improve accountability,
• strengthen management controls, and
• enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of City operations
FURTHER THAT a target date of March 1, 2020, be set for the appointment of an Independent Auditor General, with an initial office budget of $1 million annually, and with the funds to be integral to the City’s 2020 Operating Budget and recouped from savings and efficiencies identified by the Auditor General in subsequent City of Vancouver Budget years. …