Thus far, only a report entitled "Year 2008 Stewardship Commitments Report as of February 29, 2008" has been made available and even that has not been made public. Among other things, the report shows that the number of pledging stewards has decreased by 70, the number of non-pledging stewards has increased by 1, the amount collected is $23,236 less than the same time last year and the amount committed is $88,727 less than the same time last year.
In a previous post, the question was asked about the salary of our new third priest. Since our parish council and the treasurer have chosen to continue their secrecy, the total expense to our community is $105,768.00. Since this salary was not included in the 2008 budget and in light of the above figures, we ask where the monies are coming from to fulfill this obligation along with the previously budgeted obligations.
In the past, the parish council and the treasurer have been more than kind to include the community’s finances on a monthly basis. This year we have not been offered the same courtesy and wonder why.
In a recent e-mail to some parishioners, our treasurer stated: "You can't believe everything that shows up on the internet. The TOCB site is a perfect example of that."
Our response is, if the above figures are incorrect, we welcome correction.