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Regrettably, to date the message coming from that arena is not a good one. The culture that promoted growth at the hall because Whistler was unique, combined with unchallenged budget exercises, are the culprits and there is no blame attached for that. However, management, private or public sector, is hired to make tough decisions and the time for tough decisions is staring management in the face.
Whistler claims uniqueness as a destination resort but there is nothing unique in being responsible to residents, non-residents, business owners and visitors alike. Deficit reduction, not collection.
The Opium Theory
I know you are thinking that this has something to do with drugs. You are wrong. The O.P.M. theory stands for "Other People's Money." This is what the municipality spends to run the resort.
At the last budget meeting the municipal management showed no interest in changing the direction of how they are handling our money. It is with blatant disregard that they conduct themselves. They operate like a bunch of political gangsters and extort more and more money from us each year after year and refuse to be accountable.
That was best exemplified by one municipal manager's answer regarding the pay parking fiasco. I said to him that the lots were empty and he denied that. So I said they were virtually empty and he once again denied that as well. If everything is so good then why is the municipality short millions of dollars? Everyone in this town also knows that the lots are virtually empty even during our busiest season of the year, Christmas.
There is an old expression within the best sales teams of the world and that is, "Don't expect different results if you keep doing the same thing." It is long overdue and time to slash the prices for parking and let the lots get filled. As the economy improves and people are accustomed to the charge the rates can climb slowly in years to come. 100 per cent of nothing is still nothing and 100 per cent of something would be a giant step forward.
Everyone in this town knows that they screwed up, so they should just face the truth and fix the problem now. As long as the municipal hall reeks with nepotism there is no hope for any improvement. Stop the war on our visitors' pocket books because they clearly cannot afford the practice of the Opium Theory here in Whistler.