I know it's late but my mind is in a whirlwind and my child's snoring is keeping me up so lets talk about the sacrilegious act the CITY OF
The Cemeteries Division
The City of Greensboro Cemeteries Division has overseen the operation of City cemeteries for more than 130 years. Today, the division operates four public cemeteries:
- Maintaining burial records
- Selling lots and graves
- Providing burial and interment services
- Coordination of all activities within the cemeteries
- Care and maintenance of the cemetery grounds
This is a screenshot from the GBORO ADOPTED BUDGET SUMMARY CONCERNING CEMETERIE
The FY 15-16 General Fund contribution to Cemeteries is decreasing from $451,316 to $415,160, a
decrease of $36,156, or 8.0%.
Now we know the economy, budget cuts, etc they have to make hard decisions. I'm ok with that. My issue is below
The FY 15-16 Adopted Budget is decreasing by $34,656, or 1.8%.
The transfer to the Cemeteries Fund in FY 15-16 decreases by $36,156, or 8.0%.
Funding for the Children’s Museum is increasing by $25,000, or 33.3%.
Other expenses include support for Center City Park ($200,000), and Festival of Lights ($13,750).
So this is what it increased to.....
From $75,000 to $100,000 a year!
So we took from the perpetual care budget for the cemetery FOR the dearly deceased and we increased the children's museum budget??
Surely the ONLY MUSEUM IN GREENSBORO THAT IS STRUGGLING IS ICRM?? Why couldn't the children's museum raise the money?? Oh wait they did and then some
$500,000 Endowment!!! Not bad for a museum that also passed it's audit ( couldn't find proof guess gotta get Billy to show me how) and clearly is struggling with expenses and maintenance??? SHOCKER? NO CONVO ABOUT CITY MATCHING FUNDS?? OR GIVING A LOAN? I THOUGHT THAT WAS COMMON FOR MUSEUMS IN GREENSBORO?
The City of Greensboro’s approach to economic
development is strategically focused on advancing
these key principles: promoting job creation,
facilitating private business and expansion in our
city, utilizing bond resources to advance economic
development and infrastructure development
(including promotion of shovel-ready sites,
advancement of downtown projects and
investments in East Greensboro and the Airport
Area), providing enhanced access to City
contracting opportunities through the continued
implementation of our enhanced MWBE policy and
program and making it easier to do business in and
WHO BELIEVES THAT?
Now according the Children's museum it's not "owned" by the city but has partnered etc.
HistoryThe Greensboro Children's Museum began with one man’s dream of bringing a children’s museum to Greensboro. Jerry Hyman was inspired by traveling to children’s museums around the country, and he began to share his vision with community leaders. A group of dedicated alumni from the Leadership Greensboro program served as the Steering Committee, then launched a Capital Campaign led by Cynthia Doyle. Three years later, on May 15, 1999, the Greensboro Children’s Museum opened its doors at 220 N. Church Street.
The Museum was chosen in 2004 as one of the top 50 children’s museums in the United States and in late 2006, the Board launched a planning process to consolidate lessons learned from its first years. The result was a Strategic Education Plan that lays out a clear educational purpose for the Greensboro Children’s Museum: “To enhance the lives of children and their families through the world of play and to promote healthy and active lifestyles.” The underlying goals of the Strategic Education Plan are:
- To welcome, engage and accommodate children and families from varied backgrounds and experiences
- To promote caring about the natural and material world
- To tap into children’s natural curiosity and imagination
- To engage children in play that encourages them to practice and build foundational skills
- To offer clear opportunities for adults to enrich play and deepen their child's exploration
FACT: ALL NON PROFIT MUSEUMS IN GREENSBORO ARE RUNNING IN THE RED! THIS REPORT PROOFS IT. OF COURSE ITS UNDERSTOOD THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM THAT IDK WHERE IT IS UNTIL TODAY IS IN THE RED AS WELL. SO WHY THE ISSUE WITH ICRM?
Below is screenshots from website concerning last known reported financials for children's museum
SHOCKER Back to my point about the cemetery, All of them are in other districts that have better resources and will probably do ok but the two in District 1 just has me feeling some type of way.
What's Happening at Union Cemetery:
Union Cemetery was founded in the 1880s by the congregations of St. James Presbyterian Church, St. Matthews Methodist Church and Providence Baptist Church for the burial of African American residents in Greensboro. A number of years after the final burials, the City took over the maintenance of the cemetery and in 1993, Union was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Although closed for burials since the early 1900s, it remains the final resting place for many Greensboro residents and is an important historic site.