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January 8, 2013

Town reports profit

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Tonawanda News — Wiles and Crangle also noted that the budget in 2012 was down $215,571 from 2011, but the first-year investment in the takeover of the business was still accounted for in the reduced budget numbers, and that no bonding or extra funds were necessary. 

“All investments in equipment, remodeling, insurance, training and supplies have been done within the parameters of the approved budget,” Crangle said. 

In addition, Wiles said that many of the upfront costs from this year will be reduced next year, including a reduction in staff hours, cheaper concession carts, a reduction in unpopular menu items and beers, and lowered training costs for employees who have already taken the courses. 

As a result, Crangle estimates the profits will increase substantially in 2013 once those costs are lowered. 

But Vishion had a quick retort and criticized the town’s report in a statement he released Monday. 

“The presentation states the town substantially increased revenue, yet the numbers reflect an almost $20,000 loss, not accounting for the 12,000 of pure profit no longer being generated from the previous concession contract,” Vishion said.

Vishion also questioned whether the town listed all expenses accurately, implying he believes Wiles falsified the figures after making a rash decision to take over the concessions during the political season. 

In turn, Wiles has attempted to provide evidence that the town had been considering terminating the contract before Vishion ran for the council, and released a letter from 2010 and an email from 2008 to reporters Monday. 

“Personally, I think we should make the decision to terminate their agreement in December,” Wiles wrote to town employees in 2008. “Professionally, I believe it is better for the town to operate.”

Vishion, however, believes otherwise. 

“If Wiles had the sufficient business experience he believes to possess and would have done the proper research before making his recommendation to take over the concessions, it would have been very evident that this would not be a profitable move for the town,” Vishion said. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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