Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Communication Lines Are Open":
Have you got some ideas about new KPI's -- let's
hear them and should they be as comprehensive as say , the KPI's for other Town
operated facilities or the arboretum or the seniors centre or the AHS Or the 150
anniversary celebration -- we don't know what those are , do we?
citizens may have walked through the door at Church Street in 2012 than all the
years combined since it was school -- great use of a town owned facility in my
Council is NOT giving "them" money -- council providing Cultural
programming at Church Street
As far as I'm concerned, Key Performance Indicators are just a bunch of jargon to make "experts" sound like they know more than the rest of us.
The words are used with equal non- effect in presentations of business plans by town department heads.
We haven't had the Sesqui-Centennial celebration yet ,have we?
How can we know how the key performance indicators have performed when they haven't had a chance to perform at all?
I hear heritage calenders created for the event were ready before Christmas But they were still sitting in boxes in the communication department, waiting to be distributed in January.
The town hall was closed for two weeks.
How could anybody measure how many citizens have walked through Church Street School since it was a school and before it was a culture centre.
In the fifties, it was leased to Remington Rand as a training centre for their employees for several years.
After that, it housed several classes from Regency Acres because of overcrowding.
Then the town used the space for programs like art classes and band practice and such when we had an Aurora Recreation Commission.
From 1969 to 1976 , it was the York County Board of
Education headquarters. A board room was upstairs and people came from all over the Region to headquarters and board meetings and conferences.
Then we had a museum upstairs for twenty-five years and a seniors centre downstairs and a youth club and Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Boy Scouts offices and probably other stuff I don't know or have forgotten about.
I sure don't know how anybody would go about counting all the feet that traipsed about in the building during all those years.
I'm not sure who else might , including Paul Pirri who has lived in Aurora all of his life.
He still hasn't lived here as long as me. I was older than he is but not much, when I arrived and had a husband and four children and a house to pay for, as well as taxes.
The commenter is right though. Council is not "giving them money" If Council was giving them money out of their own pockets, I would be thrilled about that.
But Council is taking money out of my pocket that I don't want to give.
The town can provide cultural programming as we have before, without an autonomous board made up of people we don't know. who make their own rules and conduct meetings behind closed doors and receive hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars and decide in secret,out of sight and sound , how they will spend my money.
Furthermore, this Council did not ask the people in the community for a mandate to use taxation that way.
In fact, the Mayor, when he was a candidate, vowed to say :
"What part of No is it ,you don't understand?"
It's the only promise I heard him make . And apparently he didn't even mean to keep that one.
That he attends secret meetings of the board and holds secrets close to his vest does not assure me, my interest is protected.
Far from it. I think piano concerts may be the only thing that matter to the Mayor. .