Dodgy Maths Much?
Good lord if that was meant to be a top accounting firm laying out the costs of free-swimming pools across Auckland I would seriously ask for my money back WITH interest…
Now lets break down this article and see what we can deduce shall we?
Ok $5.5m is the extra cost to run all 24 Auckland Council pools free with various user charges saving between $450,000 to $2.5m. Now this is assuming a few things such as:
Mr Brown is relying on a study by the international consultancy KPMG, which arrived at the $5.5 million figure on the assumption that there would be no change in patronage and operating costs and increased revenue from things such as spas, saunas, icecreams and chips.
Right so you offer something for free and hope costs and patronage of the said free good does not go up – umm offer something free and your patronage and costs do go up, everyone likes something free and hey free pools that can be used nearly all year round sounds pretty tempting. As with increased revenue from crap food, and extras like spas and sauna’s; could go either way. You could entice more people or simply send them away from increased crowds which causes revenue to fall out. Although, I find pinning your hopes on increased food sales (ice creams, chips and coke) an oxymoron; pools to promote health and exercise, and hello after 90 minutes lets chow down on chips and coke – no wonder why it was a success for South Auckland – the junk food paid for the damn pool… Talk about giving in one hand and taking in the other…
But councillor Cameron Brewer said no one would believe that universal free entry to the region’s 24 pools would cost $5.5 million when it cost $6.7 million to provide six free pools in Manukau.
Okay either Councillor Brewer did not answer the question of The Herald did some shoddy journalism (which I think was more the case – I hope so for your sake Councillor). If I go to the top of the article, running all the pools was an EXTRA $5.5 million on top of the current operating costs of Auckland Council pools.
Mr Brewer said it was disingenuous to put the $5.5 million figure in the draft budget for public consultation.
Ok which way is it – $5.5m EXTRA to make all pools free or $5.5m actual to run all 24 council pools free? Suppose I can go look up the Draft Long Term Plan to find out – groan that is some 400 pages plus…
“I’m concerned that many will see the $5.5 million figure, which equates to less than $5 per Aucklander, and demand universal free access. However, the Manukau experience shows it’s going to be miles more expensive and the public should have been given an honest and realistic cost to consider,” Mr Brewer said
Don’t make retract that statement Councillor where I was prepared to give the benefit of the doubt and blame shoddy journalism – there could more likely an agenda here as I know Councillor you are opposed to free pools.
The KPMG report was rushed, incomplete and undercooked the costs, he said.
Making all 24 swimming pools free would increase demand and costs, such as the need for bigger changing facilities, carparks, maintenance and more staff, he said.
KPMG said it had only enough time to base its figures on six swimming pools.
If the report from KPMG was rushed, incomplete and undercooked costs then who do we blame – KPMG or Auckland Council who gave KPMG the brief and scope for the review/report. Gerrymandering or politicking from Council again?
So what is going on here – because the assumptions from both sides are pretty loose and wild – which is not acceptable for Auckland Council in the eyes of this ratepayer
Finally I asked questions in my post yesterday about Port of Auckland – today it is Swimming Pools – I do wonder should I run for Council next year?
Oh and my view on pools – Gold Coin Charge flat fee entrance per person for people from 5 years old upwards. No Super Gold discounts or freebies except for maybe 15% off your coffee.