"I invited the one who refuted my comment on the Historical Society's finances to give us the facts. He didn't. Told me instead to research the society's budget.
I get that from people .They accuse me of misleading but when invited ,they don't choose to set the record straight. It's too much trouble. "
Unfortunitly, their refusal to provide "the facts" is because when you ar ein a debate with someone like yourself, you are not going to believe the fact anyways. If YOU were to spend the time to gather the facts then you have a choice. You can either believe them and mea culpa to this board... or just let it sit. It appears that you are doing the latter and no one knows who was right.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 11 April 2016 at 08:42
I know the Historical Society received $50,000 annual grant from the town since the 70's when museum took over the second floor of Church Street School.
I know the purpose of the grant was for service received..
I know the service is no longer provided yet the grant has increased to $70,000.
The town now has a curator on the payroll providing heritage programming ,in a single room in Church Street School. Instead of the program budget replacing the grant, the budget is in addition to the grant.
The private corporation occupying Church Street School , with responsibility for heritage programming and culture, continues to receive a rent free facility with maintenance provided and annual increased funding close to $400,000 a year. Heritage programming is no longer their responsibility, but they claim more funding from the town is needed. because losing the room to the museum means revenue.
Research of neither the Historical Society's nor the Culture Centre's budget is required to understand taxpayers are being shafted on both sides by the Council elected to protect their interest.
No grand principle is involved.
Nothing more than who can shovel out the most funds in return for the greatest support in the next election.
No subtlety, no subterfuge, no pretense.
Just give it away, hand over fist.
Easy come. Easy go.
It doesn't even show up in a Campaign Finance Statement