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A contractor with a contract for services with the city valued at $100,000 or more, including subcontractors, is required to pay a wage that is at least the living wage for the duration of the contract to employees of the contractor for hours worked on the city contract. The living wage shall be a wage level equivalent to at least one hundred thirty (130) percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four (4) or, for employers that provide employees basic health insurance benefits, equivalent to at least one hundred ten (110) percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four (4). A recipient of a city business subsidy must enter into a city business subsidy agreement with the city that includes a description of the subsidy, goals for the number of jobs created and/or retained, and wage goals for any jobs created and/or retained. In the agreement, the city's department of planning and economic development must negotiate the minimum number of required living wage jobs to be created by the business subsidy recipient. It is a city goal that one (1) living wage job be created out of every twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) of city business subsidy. If the number of required jobs for a subsidy recipient is less than the city's goal, the department of planning and economic development must supply written reasons for not meeting the city's goal to the city council. A contractor or subsidy recipient that fails to meet the living wage requirement at any time during the duration of the contract shall not eligible for a city contract or subsidy in the next contract cycle or the next calendar year and shall be liable to the city for liquidated damages at twenty (20) percent of the value of the contract or four (4) times the value of the subsidy proportional to the rate at which the recipient failed to create living wage jobs.
The ordinance requires benchmarking and public disclosure of energy and water metrics for buildings having at least 50,000 square feet of commercial space. The ordinance requires city-owned buildings to comply by June 1, 2013, commercial buildings 100,00 square and more to comply by June 1, 2014, and commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and more to comply by June 1, 2015