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Wailuku Main Street Association on Wrong Road

Our elected officials need to hear what you think.

June 9, 2011
Barbara Long · · Kula

Recent news articles and testimony at council budget hearings have shown that this group has accumulated over $156,000 in public funds (read “your grant funds”) in just five years! By inflating their annual demand for county funding, they have feathered their nest at the expense of more worthy and more accountable grantees.

WMSA claims these ill-gotten gains will be spent “to benefit our small towns.” However, on April 21, the WMSA executive director testified that the so-called earned income is earmarked for furniture, moving expenses and even $50,000 for legal expenses to pay for their lawsuit against a respected national organization. WMSA’s CPA/accountant has stated that these leftover funds cannot be used for non-program expenses, and “county grants provided almost 100 percent of total support” for WMSA.

It hardly seems fair that nonprofits that play by the rules have been cut from the county budget, while WMSA is funded without question, and merrily goes on doing whatever it wants, keeping unspent funds, stating “WMSA must not be dictated to by planning officials.”



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