By Chris Marchand
Concerned taxpayers will soon get what they’ve long been calling for — a chance to look at the financial picture of the Dryden’s Municipal Telephone Service and Mobility Division.
And it’s not likely to be a pretty picture.
After receiving a presentation of the DMTS and Dryden Mobility 2011 Draft Financial Statement from BDO Dunwoody’s Donald Yurkiw at a special meeting of council, March 29, Finance Committee chair, councillor Martin MacKinnon, announced the city would make the accountant’s final report available to the public on the city’s website early next week.
“There will be some shocking numbers there, but it’s time the public sees those numbers and we’ll go from there,” said MacKinnon. “At this point in time we’re considering all of our options with the company.”
MacKinnon says the decision to take the numbers public was a long-debated issue in closed sessions.
“It came to be over a year-and-half of discussion amongst council members over protecting the asset,” said MacKinnon. “We’ve reached a point in time where we could no longer prevent the public from seeing those numbers.”
Mayor Craig Nuttall says he thinks this is the proper direction.
“We represent the taxpayers and the taxpayers should know. Here’s our problem and here’s what happening,” said Nuttall. “Within a week, people should the statements and exactly where we are with DMTS.”