Farmers' markets in a bit of a pickle
After the auditor flagged problems with the management of the Byward and Parkdale markets, the city is looking at a new way of running the two operations.
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There have been problems with cash handling, wild swings in rent payment and a general lack of oversight by the city in its management of the Byward and Parkdale markets, the auditor has found.
The auditor general’s office delivered the troubling assessment of the markets on Thursday, finding a slew of problems with how the markets operate.
“It appears that no accountability had been assigned,” deputy auditor Sonia Brennan told
This system allowed the tenant to play $211,000 in rent in 2015, but only $1,480 in 2012 because of improvements the tenant had made that year.
The city was warned in 2000 that the lease was too vague, but no changes were made.
The auditor also found that the market’s revenues have been in steady decline for the last five years and that there is a need for a long-term business plan.
The city is looking to transition the markets to an arm’s length municipal corporation and Court Curry, the city’s point person on that plan, says this will help.
“The audit came at a great time for us, we are setting up a new model for the public markets,” he said.
Curry said the issues identified around long-term plans should be addressed with the new corporation, which will come to
He said the issues around cash handling and more immediate problems were handled right