Tuesday, October 28, 2014
First The Library, Now Poricy Park ?
Not sure how many people have heard of this and i'm just throwing it out there as food for thought and wondering what the thinking was.
Every year the Township gives the Poricy Park Conservatory (overseers of Poricy Park) an allotment of dollars towards its annual budget. This money goes to support the Poricy Park Conservatory's operating expenses. This year's $25,000 allotment instead was placed by the Township in the Capital Improvements budget, not the operations budget. This caused a deficit in PPC's FY 2014 budget since they were not told about it until last moment.
So, let's think about this a minute and speculate a little.
Why would the township suddenly place money that is earmarked yearly for operating expenses into the capital improvements budget? One, it saves the town $25K in current cash. Two, assuming that "capital improvements" equates to debt issue, it allows an additional $25K to be raised in debt and moved outside of the 2% cap.
"Capital Improvements" may not mean debt issue, though. it could mean the delegation of town staff to do work at Poricy Park. Or it could mean that the township pays contractors of its own choosing in lieu of letting PPC decide. This puts control of the spending in township hands.
Meanwhile the Middletown Arts Center keeps getting more money.....