The one in the post below. I think there's a way of shrinking a picture to fit into a space. I just don't know how.
The picture is a promotion for a silent auction being held at the Church Street School building. Items you see in the picture are available for sale to the highest bidder.
Proceeds of the sale will "contribute" to programs provided at the centre. It doesn't say by what percentage.
The items can be seen at the" show" at the centre on six afternoon a week from one to four.
The town's logo is in place at the bottom of the promotion. The centre gratefully acknowledges funding from the town.
The town provides a building worth several million dollars, rent-free to an arm's length Board. We also provide maintenance services and utilities free of the cost to the tune of $150,000.
Last year the town provided funds in the amount of $347,000 to spend as the board saw fit.
No accountability for any of it.
Space in the building is rented out to another organisation. More revenue without accountability.
Various programs previously provided in other locations within the community are now provided at the school facility on an admission "free" basis.
Now the facility is being used to sell, what appear to be gifts, in time for the gift-giving season, to raise even more revenue. For which they are not accountable.
I have asked town staff to provide an explanation of how the latest enterprise fits in with the terms of reference for this operation.
For the sake of comparison, .the town's operation budget for other leisure facilities this year was $5 million. Revenue from the same was $5 million.
To-night, members of the Aurora Optimist Service Club are gathering at the library to organise new and nearly new books, for their annual book sale. Which happens tomorrow.
There's a Childrens room at the library funded by the Optimists. Proceeds from the annual book sale contribute to annual service provided.
At Tuesday's Council meeting, the Mayor presented awards to three local businesses which , over and above contributing to the town's assessment base and providing jobs in the community, also pay for the summer concerts enjoyed by thousands of residents in the park with no admission charged.
the concerts are not funded from the town treasury.
This year, the Aurora Rotary Club contributed the first of three payments of $5,000. for improvements to Rotary Park.Rotary club members work hard to raise the funds.
What's wrong with this picture?
Local businesses and service clubs dig into their pockets and contribute to the social and cultural well-being of the community. They operate businesses and provide jobs and pay taxes in good times and bad and still they go above and beyond.
Then we have others, who hold their hands out, demand payments from tax resources and enter into competition with the very businesses and clubs that keep on giving.
It ain't right, y'know. There's nothing about it that makes any sense.