In May, the Province of Ontario announced an Audit and Accountability Fund in the amount of $7.5 million to support municipalities in finding efficiencies within their organization.
I have had the same position and goals since serving as both Councillor and as your Mayor:
Everyday, I think about how we can do more for less, make things easier on citizens and continue a culture of finding more effective and efficient ways of delivering services so taxpayers/citizens can keep as much of their hard earned money in their own pockets.
We’ve moved the dial on this over many terms of Council by expanding our internal audit functions, establishing internal service reviews and continuous progress on a cultural change within city hall.
But there’s always more we can and must do.
This is why I’m pleased that we taking advantage of the Provincial funding through an expression of interest on a review of our “Time Attendance & Scheduling performance systems.”
Once a review is completed, it is expected to provide the City with a road map for implementing key deliverables that will result in organizational improvement(s) to the City’s TAS service delivery and realize both cost savings and enhanced capacity to deliver municipal service. The review will also serve as an input into a broader review that the Human Resources department is initiating which is specific to the business processes and technology of our people systems, e.g., payroll and benefits with an objective to identify an appropriate service delivery model that can both enhance and modernize the City’s current system which has remained relatively unchanged for the past 19 years.
The final audit report must be completed and published on the City of Guelph website by November 30, 2019.
I look forward to seeing this audit through, the efficiencies found implemented and more dollars staying in taxpayers/citizens pockets.