Aquatar­ium must be held ac­count­able

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - OPINION -

Ron­ald Za­jac’s ar­ti­cle on the city’s pend­ing de­ci­sion about the use of the new mar­ket­ing funds and how they should be di­vided (“Di­vi­sion over ho­tal tax,” Nov. 7) left me con­fused - and it’s cer­tainly not Ron’s fault.

City coun­cil needs to es­tab­lish strict guide­lines as to how this sig­nif­i­cant amount of money is in­vested back into our com­mu­nity. One thing is for sure, we should not be ad­vanc­ing the Aquatar­ium any funds what­so­ever - not un­til they have their fi­nan­cial house in or­der and the tax­pay­ing cit­i­zens of Brockville are duly in­formed.

The new board of di­rec­tors have yet to pro­vide any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties year-to-date.

How is their profit and loss? Have they met their tar­gets re: sales rev­enue? What is their 2018 pro­jected deficit? How do they pro­pose to fund their ex­pected short­fall?

We are well into Novem­ber with a De­cem­ber 31 year-end. Surely the or­ga­ni­za­tion has sec­ond-quar­ter (June 30) fi­nan­cials and quite pos­si­bly third quar­ter (Sept. 30) re­sults. Are we on tar­get re: spend­ing and rev­enue? Who is ac­count­able for the vari­ances?

Un­til this in­for­ma­tion is made avail­able, all ad­di­tional funds should be with­held. An Aquatar­ium re­serve fund at city hall can be es­tab­lished but not ac­cessed by the board with­out the ex­press con­sent of coun­cil.

The Aquatar­ium and the board of di­rec­tors should be ac­count­able to us poor tax­pay­ers, not sim­ply them­selves or the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Let’s get this fixed once and for all!

John Tay­lor Brockville

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