The true costs for this “festival” will never be known since the Township has also stated that there is no “cost centering” of the cost to taxpayers for any aspect of the staff time and expenses related to the organisation and running of this event.
With the number of employees allocated to “Community Culture and Tourism” the unrecorded costs of their time and expenses must be substantial. A council responsible for how property taxes are being used for non beneficial (to taxpayers) purposes needs to start “cost centering” for everything so that taxpayers can see just what they are being required to finance.
Here is the email from CAO Sage confirming just how much money is being spent on SALARIES for "culture", marketing, tourism and recreation staff:
Anyone reading Mayor Measures discourse in the latest “The CLEAR VIEW” would think that the Small Halls Festival are a great success. For taxpayers who have to foot the bill when losses are incurred, the financial statements and the unknown costs of staff participation seem to indicate otherwise.
In a recent Freedom of Information response, we are told that in 2018, taxpayers were on the hook for $22,078 or $3.53 for each household in Clearview. These losses cover all of the “small halls” that took part but do not include the costs of staff involvement which is also paid for by taxpayers.
Clearview small halls festival - a money pit funded by taxpayers
CLICK HERE to download the 2018 financial statements for the Clearview Small Halls Festival in Acrobat PDF format
If events such as the Small Halls Festival cannot be run without a “taxpayer bailout”, then basic economics would dictate that the ticket costs be increased to enable zero losses or the whole festival should be cancelled!
We were also told that the information for the 2019 Festival would not be available until May 01, 2020, so how can Mayor Measures be certain of the success of this year’s festival when the income and expense statements are not available is of concern. Or is he withholding that information because it’s a continuance of the 2018 losses?
Come clean Mayor Measures, those numbers should be available, let’s see them so that taxpayers can determine if you and your council are using their property taxes for the benefit of the few (and visitors) instead of fixing the infrastructure deficiencies impacting the majority of us that live here that have to wait years for sidewalks to be fixed.
If the salaries supplied by Mr Sage are added together this comes out at a staggering $508,687.
IF (and we are quite prepared to change this level of involvement if and when CAO Sage can show us the recorded costs of labour directly associated with the Small Halls Festival along with a full accounting of time spent in other area's) we take 50% as the involvement level of the above staff-costing-disclosure in Small Halls then over $250,000 needs to be added to the above "taxpayer funding of over $22,000 for grand total of $272,000.
Spread over the 6,243 households (FIR 2018) that means that each household in Clearview is paying $34.00 in support of a function that very few residents attend.
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