Establish a Permanent Service Review Committee
One question that becomes obvious when studying the expense growth graphs is; are we providing the correct level of services for the community? Or, can some services be modified to reduce costs? Although the MNP Study will shed some light this and provide a foundation for the future, we need an ongoing effort to ensure we continue to make progress. In this regard it is recommended that Council establish a service review committee with a mandate to systematically review each service in regard to need and appropriateness. The Committee needs to examine existing cost-control measures and assess their effectiveness in ensuring expenditures are both essential and the most efficient way of providing the service. As well the Committee’s mandate needs to include the examination of all services currently being provided by city employees to determine if any can be outsourced to private suppliers and by doing so produce significant savings to taxpayers.