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Donations revenue: $7,876.79
Expenditures: $7,133.82, consisting of:
Donations revenue: $5024.43
Expenditures: $5221.68, consisting of:
Balance (for the City of Toronto general revenues)for one rink month and two off-season months: $3710.76
Subject: May donation transfer Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 23:13:58 -0400 From: Jutta Mason <email@example.com> To: Glen Synowicki <firstname.lastname@example.org> CC: Sofia Oliveira <email@example.com>, Staff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello Glen, here is the expenditure/revenue report and donation transfer back to the city for May.
May 1 to 31
Total donations: $16,097.10
Office: $47.01 (internet rocket stick)
Total expenditure: $10,334.13
Transfer back to City: $5,762.97
There is still clarification needed about the Easter donation from David Rothberg, so that cheque will come separately.
Campfire donations will be brought to McCormick in cash, along with the City transfer cheque.
As always, Matt will be glad to run Quickbooks reports if more details are desired.
Easter donation for covering Easter Friday opening (from David Rothberg): $152.10 (cheque)
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:10:01 -0400 From: Jutta Mason <email@example.com> To: Glen Synowicki <firstname.lastname@example.org> CC: Ana Bailao <email@example.com>, Staff <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Anna Bekerman <email@example.com>
Hello Glen, today we'll return the June campfire money to the city -- $537, plus a cheque for $390 for multi-class pizza-day visit from Pauline School. Because of the staff shortage caused by your continued hiring freeze, there will be very few pizza day cheques from now on, since most pizza days have had to be cancelled.
I believe that Mayssan has kept you informed about the effects of the targeted hiring freeze on the park, but that you have ignored her requests for help. Because of the uncertainty of continuing other programs as well, I'll hold the city transfer cheques until there is more clarity from the city's side.
June 2012 Quickbooks exports:
Subject: change of role for CELOS Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2012 18:18:52 -0400 From: Jutta Mason <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Glen Synowicki <email@example.com> CC: Ana Bailao <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Sue Bartleman <SBartlem@toronto.ca>, Nick Gallant <email@example.com>
As of Sunday August 5, CELOS will no longer be handling the Dufferin Grove finances. I have been told once too often that I have no business speaking to city staff about any park-related matter. It is very clear that there is no stable acknowledgement by the current management of the long-time partnership that began in 1993 between community people and the City.
Fortunately, the Dufferin Grove PT staff have been running the finances for a long time already and they will not have to learn new skills. They already keep an account of every penny of donations, and do the ordering and buying of food and supplies for the park cafes and other food-supported programs. We have been forced to find non-city contract workers to fill the holes caused by management unpreparedness. The donation funds used for these contracts are also carefully and publicly documented. Petty cash and the funds needed for groceries and other park supplies are well regulated and accounted for, and the staff are also used to delivering the surplus funds to McCormick.
So the current PT staff have the necessary skills to bridge the gap caused by the withdrawal of CELOS' financial involvement. Since there has finally been some movement on interviewing new PT city staff, hopefully the need to compensate for the absence of PT hiring since 2011, with contracts of over $38,000 so far this year, will soon be over. I would like to suggest that the required mandatory training can be offered to all newly hired PT staff immediately, not requiring new staff to wait until the end of the month for the various training courses.
I look forward to having more time now to work through the FOI Ward 18 budget. Last week I asked Sofia some budget-related questions that have not been acknowledged. Are my questions to her perhaps part of the budget-related clarifications that you said you'll shortly be sending to me? Let me know.
I'll be bringing $500 for the July campfire donations and the June transfer cheque for $5085.27 to McCormick when it reopens, without waiting for an acknowledgment any longer. The final July transfer accounting is almost done; a few more invoices still have to come in, and then that final cheque will be ready to transfer as well.
P.s. I'm also bringing $142.50 pizza day money from the summer camp of the Islamic Information and Da'wah Centre.
September 19 2012: Cheque for July transfer and wind-up to the City/CELOS budget partnership delivered to the City of Toronto: $1061.37.
Donation revenue $201,770.66
Total income: $239,270.66
CELOS expenses $89,871.42
Park program expenses $175,999.43
Total expenses: $265,870, 85
Net income: - $26,600.19
Parks and Recreation Director Don Boyle said at the recent Dufferin Rink meeting that he was shocked to find out how much money was spent to staff this park in 2005, and that he intended to cut the staff back to 2004 levels.
It seems like itís time to clear up a few things about Dufferin Grove Park and our taxes.
posted October 27, 2005
CITY TAXES: Parks and Recreation staff will often say that the millions spent on major projects (and the consultants hired to carry them out) come from a different pocket than operating funds that are used, for instance, to run the rinks. In the end, though, all the money the city takes in taxes comes from the same pocket Ė ours. Taxes are a pool of money intended for the good of us all. City staff are there to help us make the most of this pool Ė thatís their job, even if they donít always remember it. In this huge city, their days are often chaotic and itís hard to for them to keep their focus. Park friends can help remind city staff of whatís needed Ė we need to remind them to 1. talk to us, be open and 2. Collaborate!
[ed: A few years ago, some Friends wondered why there wasn't enough money to paint the park's picnic tables (they still don't get painted), sow grass seed, or pave the walkway. We started to ask questions. Here we present some early answers. The information is still a bit raw, but some more general concerns are emerging, such as:
We invite you to browse the material we have accumulated so far.