Currie, McDonald cross semantic swords over “deficit”

Aylmer Councillor Ted McDonald believes the East Elgin Community Complex has an annual “deficit” of $600,000, but Mayor Greg Currie disagrees.

Mayor Currie insisted at a meeting Tuesday, April 7, that he believed whatever the annual cost to Aylmer and Malahide taxpayers for operating the Complex should be called, he knew it wasn’t deficit.

The disagreement comes down to the definition of “deficit.” Cr. McDonald’s comes from the Oxford English Dictionary, usually regarded as the standard for English word spelling and definitions in Canada (and for this newspaper). while Mayor Currie’s definition was one used by town officials.


1 Comment

  1. Bob Warnock on April 15, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Whatever terminology one prefers to use when referring to the costs to taxpayers, the bottom line is that expenses surpass revenues to the tune of roughly $600,000. Some facilities run a surplus while the average twin pad arena complex have expenses vs revenues totalling on average between $200,000 and $250,000. Can taxpayers be expected to pick up the tab for the extra $350,000 year after year? We all paid for an operational review. The recommendations are clear and concise. No action yet?

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