There are several reports out on Tuesday’s meeting of the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.
The Boston Herald’s Erin Smith continues to build on her series of articles questioning the non-profit’s funding and salaries.
Officials at the embattled Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy — under political pressure for its executives’ six-figure salaries and bonuses — have reversed course and now say the publicly funded nonprofit would be open to operating the 15-acre downtown park without taxpayer money. “We’re doing the study, and it will tell us whether we will be able to get off public funds,” Greenway Chairwoman Georgia Murray told the Herald after last night’s board meeting. “Everything’s on the table. It always has been.”
The Boston Globe’s Casey Ross, reports on an expected increase in the Conservancy’s budget funded by a tax on abutting businesses through a Business Improvement District.
Directors of the Greenway outlined plans Tuesday to eventually increase its annual budget to $6 million, a 36 percent increase from its current $4.4 million. But how they will fund that increase remains a work in progress, with directors hoping much of it will come from a voluntary tax on commercial landowners along the downtown parks.
Slides from the Conservancy’s presentation are available at this link (pdf) , including the summary of revenue and support since inception, shown below.