March 22nd, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 12
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Crowsnest Pass Municipal council updates and news
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
2017 municipal elections

Administration informed Council of the fact that candidates running for election are required to register a Notice of Intent with the municipality if they are expecting to accept donations or contributions as part of their campaigning. This was a change outlined in the Local Authorities Election Act as of January 1, 2014.

Concerning the registration of candidates, the Local Authorities Election Act states, “No candidate may accept campaign contributions, including the funds of the candidate, unless the candidate is registered under this Act with the municipality in which the candidate intends to run.”

This includes in-kind contributions, says Chief Administrative Officer Lorrie O’Brien.

This stipulation is exempt, however, for candidates who fund their entire campaign independently with their own funds, up to a maximum of $10,000.

If candidates are undecided about accepting contributions, they may wait until later on in the campaign to submit a Notice of Intent as there is no due date for the submission. Candidates who have no intention of accepting contributions may still fill out the form to declare this.
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Notice of Intent forms are available on the municipality website at www.crowsnestpass.com and at the municipal office. Candidates are asked to set up a time to meet with Kristin Ivey, Manager of Corporate Services and Commissioner of Oaths, to fill in the required form.

Municipal elections are forthcoming in September 2017.

General Ledger Restructure update

Ola Oladele provided Council with an update on the General Ledger restructuring project that was approved as part of the 2016 budget. The initiative aims to modernize the municipality’s financial system to ensure that the most accurate and relevant information is available.

Oladele indicated that Stage One of the project has been completed, from a total of three stages. Stage One was to conduct a review the current financial reporting system and related financial software. Stage Two, which is already in motion, aims to develop an implementation plan and Stage Three is the actual implementation of the recommendations.

The restructured General Ledger is expected to roll out in January 2018, and in the meantime will be tested for defects.
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