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Resistance over plan to centralize community centre revenues

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – People worried over plans by the Vancouver Park Board to centralize administration and pool revenues between community centres are giving staff an earful.

During a public meeting, people told Park Board staff to forget plans to take revenue from money-making community centres and give to ones that are struggling.

Park Board General Manager Malcolm Bromley was heckled while trying to explain the plan to a capacity crowd in Kerrisdale.

“We want consistiency, we want enhancement of your voice, we want to be fair and equitable in the distribution of resources,” Bromley explained.

“We’re suggesting one model, which we think is the best approach. It’s to centralize, let us pay for all the cost, while you continue to do your programming.”

many people shouted “No” to the comments made by Bromley.

“Seniors have paid their taxes to this city for generations and should not be treated in such a manner. You’re trying to expand your own empire,” argued one man.

Park Board commissioners are expected to vote on the plan in the coming months.

Meantime, neighbours in Killarney held a separate “emergency” public meeting to discuss the proposed changes.