It turns out that $1.75 million projected deficit at the Eastlink Centre may actually be more like $3 million.
In addition to the bookkeeping error that miscalculated expected revenues, expenditures are also expected to be over budget by a million by the end of the year.
City Manager Greg Scerbak says 2013 revenues were reported at $8.2 million dollars, when they were actually $6.2 million.
“Because they felt they had lots of revenues, they could actually hire more staff to provide customer service, and so that’s what happened in terms of the additional deficit.”
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Some job contracts have not been renewed and all non-essential spending is on hold.
The City is in the process of contracting an external review of the facility.