Downtown association operating in secrecy

The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association has decided to withhold the voting results of this year’s election.

To the Editor,

The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association has decided, from its glass-tinted ivory tower far above us, to withhold the voting results of this year’s election of our board of directors.

A higher up from the association has said that not disclosing the vote tally is for the purpose of not exposing those who ran and lost from undue humiliation.

What is going on here?

If, for example, the City of Nanaimo refused municipal election results from being released to the populace after an election, wouldn’t we all scratch our heads in disbelief? The rabble doesn’t need to know?

This improvement associaton is again sliding into undemocratic ways just like its predecessor, the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership Society, and needs to willingly operate in a fair manner or be disbanded.

The extra tax I pay as a landowner in the downtown to support this group does not slip easily out of my wallet to pay for these shenanigans.

Nanaimo council could save us all money in these tough economic times by withdrawing its support for this group.

Wouldn’t the few events this improvement association is tasked to carry out during the year be handled more efficiently by hiring an events organizer? One person. Not four salaried lay-abouts.

It would save us all about $400,000 and end the constant trouble the DNBIA seems to get itself into.

G.A. Oliver


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