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2/22/2013 6:01:00 AM
Kingman letters: Bonding capacity is over par

Is the city-owned golf course to blame for our out-of-control sewer system costs?

Interesting - if you look at city finances, notice that the city did not float a long-term municipal bond to pay the $50 million cost of the new sewer treatment facilities. You will see the city has no bonding capacity left due to already owed debts ... principally the golf course debt! So my sewer bill is $80 per month and my water is only $35 because the golf course has taken the lion's share of the bonding/loan capacity of the city!

City Council members like Janet Watson and Mayor John Salem seem to think the city golf course is a gold mine for the city, but look close and we see about a $250,000 per year operating loss for the last 10-plus years! (They don't count the electricity and labor cost to pump the millions of gallons of water on the course.)

So, do we need a city to own a golf course? Do we need to subsidize someone's game on the public treasury? Is golf more important than the public water and sewer systems?

Dean Wolslagel


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Needed Brave Kingmanites Willing to Run for Council

Willie, we don't care. All we know is it is an "asset" and when a city has a hard time providing basic services assets need to be sold off.

Although the issue comes up often, those well-connected, rich Kingmanites just wait for the heat to die down. They know the city manager and/or the majority of council members will never pull the rug in the form of well-manicured turf from beneath there freshly pedicured feet. They know where the power is and it isn't with the little people - we only have the ballot box. Hopefully that is enough to get people on the council willing to demand the sell of the course.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Oh Thanks

@ Willie G.

So the rest of have to cover the costs until it may or may not become profitable?

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

D roger.
dream on!
be glad, if it were dem controlled , your taxes would higher, your freedoms removed,and you would still be complaining !

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: What'd You Expext

I'd bet the reason we even have a golf course is because most of the players are elected officials. Why else would they say it's profitable? Profitable for them because they don't have to pay outrageous fees they would pay if they went else were.

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: David Rogers

Well said. Things will not change in Kingman until the citizens come to live in reality and vote out all the bible thumping, gun toting republicans.

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Willie G.

Hey smarty pants the golf course is paid off in a year. It was voter approved to build the golf course. Oh yeah but you forgot to mention that.

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Great letter Dean and I couldn't agree more. The Republicans have no problem privatizing everything why not the golf course. If it isn't making money for the last ten years not likely to make any during the next ten. Sell it to a private corp. They will rasie the price to play up to where it makes a profit as the city should do but won't.

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I believe people like Salem want the golf course because it's a status symbol. The last time the golf course was being putted around the discussion table it was claimed that it brought a lot of revenue to local businesses, never saw any proof nor any concrete figures that the expenses were worth the return. I have lived in towns larger than Kingman that did not have a golf course, so why does Kingman have one.

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