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10/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman revenues up, but outlook still grim
Sales taxes still not back to pre-recession levels

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - If preliminary budget figures hold, the city of Kingman could earn more in sales tax revenue in the first quarter of this fiscal year than last by nearly $2 million - but that's still more than $2.6 million less than what was generated five years ago prior to the Great Recession.

That was the good, but not great, news delivered by Finance Director Coral Loyd at Tuesday's City Council meeting. All in all, Loyd's review of the first quarter of fiscal year 2013-2014 yielded few if any surprises for Mayor Janet Watson and the City Council.

The Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course budget operated in the red by more than $379,000 July through June, but the losses should end or at least slow down dramatically this year since only one more bond payment is due before the city owns the facility.

The course generated more than $940,000 in fees over the 12-month period ending June 30, but expenses totaled about $1.3 million.

The Parks and Pools budget also operates in the red as the provider of government services. Over the 12-month period ending June 30, parks and pools generated $147,000 in fees with operating expenses of about $2.2 million, leaving a deficit of roughly $2 million.

The Recreation Department generated $194,000 in fees and incurred expenses of more than $532,700 over the 12-month period, leaving a negative balance of more than $338,700.

Despite a push to collect more fines levied in Kingman Municipal Court, only $281,000 was generated while operating expenses hovered near $1.4 million, leaving a deficiency of about $1 million.

Despite steep cuts in recent years, the Planning and Zoning Department collected only $7,500 in fees, but incurred operating expenses in excess of $554,000, leaving a negative balance of more than $547,000.

Building inspections collected $350,000 in permit fees, but operating expenses exceeded more than $607,000, leaving it more than $257,000 in the red.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: Dannies Joy

Add a noise ordinance (to include the thumping bass' in cars & barking dogs*) in the County, ENFORCE the noise ordinance, weeds, illegal dumping, excessive debris/trash in peoples yards & fine the heck out of those owners who do not comply. NOTE: There is a barking dog ordinance in the County, but it is in dire need of revision.

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: john g

this is kingman the best shop we will have is the .99cent store -as it has made a hit in kingman sales tax !

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: Hiram Fong

It is highly inaccurate to show individual departments are not 'making money'. No city department makes money. If you saw what police and fire cost and how much they take in, it would be massively in the red. Do you wish to charge fees at Centennial Park to pay for the whole cost? No one would go there anymore. Golf is a whole interesting other story. Parks have multiple user groups, golf has only one. The argument was always that golf was important to economic development. Of course there is no data that supports that assumption. But try and privatize the golf course, no private group would want it in the first place, doesn't make any money for the costs. Vegas Water gave incentives to private golf courses to take out turf, they paid a dollar a square foot to take out turf in non play areas, and all did. Can't do that here, too many dub their shots in close grass areas. But in general most of these services will never pay for themselves. If you want to run the City like a business, it would cost too much, that's why there is a sales tax. Would you ask the Pentagon to pay for itself in fees?

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: Work with What you Have

How much money was wasted on the Airway and Stockton Hill project because the council was too impatient to wait 3 months to secure the needed property from the Walgreens land owners, and now that whole side of road has to be torn up and again when it could have been done right just once?

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Jablonski

We all know that the reason we have taxes is to provide the things that 'we want the government to provide for/to us'. We need to review what those wants/needs are in a long-term perspective. For sure, someone has to pay for them. For myself Pools, and Golf are expendable, expensive luxuries that I don't use or need.

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Before the "sell the golf course!" types start spouting off. Look at the numbers.

Parks and Pools and the Recreation Dept don't have any bond to pay off and they lose money as well. P&P loses almost $2M a year! Guess we should close those down or raise the fees huh?

Btw, I'm not a golfer OR a swimmer.

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: Let Us Vote on Golf Course

The golf course has been a drag on our city for decades now. Will the council put it on the ballot so we, the people can decide? Those pulling their strings would never allow it.

It's just another example of the rich getting the rest of us to pay for what they want.

And addressing all you golfers, instead of commenting how wonderful the course is for the city and how many business deals are done, LIST THEM. We have heard your rationale before but you have never presented facts and figures to back up your claims.

We especially want our elected officials to use hard facts and figures to justify us paying hundreds of thousands.

Janet, Richard, Carole, Erin, Whimpee, Carver, Jen, allow us a vote.

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: Good News

This is good news to me. Not that revenues are up but that government is forced to suffer along with the rest of us. My revenue doesn't go up at all. if Planning an Zoning is not even taking in enough to support its workers maybe they should do what any business is forced to do lay people off when there is not enough work. They other good news today is that Congress has to submit themselves to the outrageous Obamacare (aka AFFORDABLE Healthcare) just like the rest of peons. Government and its power over the people must be held in check.

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: Throwing Up

You have to be blanking me. The problem with the politicians at any level of government is that they don't earn the money they are spending, so they just don't care. If this was their business with there money they wouldn't be in the red. 2 million to run the pool for three months. The city of Kingman makes me sick.

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

I can't believe the good old boys have lost their touch in thugging money ffrom the people. Did somebody put something in their bourbon?

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: gun guy

typical governmentswe will keep a golf course open that very few people actually use and we will lose money while doing it's an idea shut it down that's right you won't do that because it makes too much sense

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Article comment by: j J

Time for the higher ups to take a pay cut, ya think? It's for the betterment of Kingman.

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