Town officials want another look at community centre’s budget

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TRURO – Town councillors are looking for clarification and more information about the Rath Eastlink Community Centre’s budget report.

Coun. Raymond Tynes told Truro town council this week he wants another, closer look at a recently presented financial report from the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

“We have to start learning how to reduce deficits,” said Tynes, pointing to the $737,000 deficit this year and the $721,000 deficit next year the community centre is projecting.

Council discussed requesting an updated RECC report of current and proposed salary increases as well as the proposed power rate budget.

“We have to get to the bottom of this power issue,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills, referring to the $500,000 power bill for the year, which is about $200,000 higher than had been anticipated.

“Other areas are experiencing similar (financial) issues in recreation centres,” Mills added of the RECC’s financial burdens.

Many of the councillors also said during this week’s regular monthly council meeting they believe different financial budget reports were given to town council and Colchester County council.

“I reject the presentation that was made (to town council) based on the fact we weren’t given the same report as the county,” said Tynes, indicating some town councillors weren’t aware of the proposed $10,400 raise for the RECC’s general manager as had been presented to county council last month.  

“One thing comes out in county council and one thing comes out in town council,” added Coun. Greg MacArthur.

“We need to have the (RECC) board and both sets of council” come together at the same time to hear the same report, said MacArthur. A motion was passed to reflect that.

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