No, I’m not talking about about to be Former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick’s wasteful shenanigans and scandal. I’m talking about why the city supports Aultsville Theatre to the tune of over $100K per year, or the Woodhouse Museum or even the Cornwall Regional Art Gallery.
All of these enterprises compete with the public with the exception of the museum.
Could the city have been pumping “rent” into Aultsville Theatre because Mr. Fitzpatrick is on St. Lawrence College’s board? Could that rent even be the payment for his seat? The theatre is essentially the auditorium of the college. How many other towns or cities support local schools auditoriums? And as little as Aultsville is used those 10 or 12 gigs a year could be held at the Civic Complex which generates revenue for tax payers.
The Woodhouse Museum? Why is the city giving up prime waterfront space and cash for this little used facility? I mean, Cornwall as a city has shown its disdain for heritage. Look at the Port theatre? Where’s the city support for one of the last working buildings of its type in Ontario? It’s being allowed to decay. Take just one year’s worth of lucre from these three facilities and the Port has been redone.
With the success of Jeff Brunet’s first live event at the Port events in the 300-500 seat range can be filled quite easily.
Cornwall Regional Art Gallery? The $70K or so per year it gets could be used for actual arts funding while allowing the few galleries in town and incentive to develop.
Should the city even be in the business of funding these businesses? As the economy slides it’s time for politicians to stop buying select votes and using our dollars more soundly.
If councilor Denis Carr can close swimming pools because of “lack of use” should taxpayers be writing cheques willy nilly?
What do you think wise and thoughtful viewers of CFN? You can post your comments below.