National Sports Centre expenditure to be more transparent
A “road map” is to be drawn up to let the public track expenditure at the National Sports Centre, it was announced tonight.
Tinnée Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, revealed the extra oversight in response to an Opposition call for accountability in spending at the Devonshire stadium.
Susan Jackson of the One Bermuda Alliance said in today’s Budget debate that the NSC had “not been taking care of their financial documents”, which got damaged by mould and water.
She said the sports centre’s books were not up to date as a consequence.
The NSC’s annual reports for 2012-15 were tabled in the House last Friday.
Ms Jackson questioned a hike of $750,000 in capital development expenditure at the NSC in the new financial year.
The revised Budget estimate for 2020-21 was listed as $250,000, rising to and an estimated $1 million for 2021-22.
Ms Jackson said: “Without an overall operational review or some kind of intervention, I’m afraid we’re putting a lot of money into something that isn’t working.”
Ms Furbert told the House: “The facility is very expensive to run and manage.
“The ministry is working closely with the new board recently put in place. They are very eager to have the National Sports Centre run efficiently.”
She added: “The ministry is working on a road map coming out in regards to its objectives and the funding being put in, so the public can follow money being spent in the NSC.”
Ms Furbert said the additional funding for the NSC would cover new equipment and upgrades, ranging from changing room and office repairs to seating replacements.
She added: “The ministry is providing oversight to help the NSC with their objectives, and helping the new board to hold them to account for the money allocated to them via capital grants.”