This week’s events at Halifax City Hall have been stressful, to say the least.
As you are probably aware, a sum of municipal money was advanced in good faith to the promoter of two major outdoor concerts in Halifax last summer. However, before the money could be repaid to Halifax Regional Municipality (which it was), word was received that the shows were at risk and so, to protect the funds already advanced, further monies were authorized. As a result, the shows were staged and thousands of fans enjoyed the performances.
It was subsequently learned that the advancement of funds was actually contrary to the terms of HRM’s charter and policies. What began as an act of good faith has now become an issue regarding policy. Consequently, council has authorized a review of the issue by the auditor general.