Stop the bleeding
By Gini and Lyn Moseley
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:26 am
I read the Baxters' letter in the July 12 DCI. It points out that all residents who use Cedaredge water and sewer will find themselves paying close to double the current amount for that service. This is due to (as the letter states) robbing Peter to pay Paul. We have a compromise solution to consider for decreasing costs for operation of the golf course -- one which doesn't include raising utility rates. It may stop the bleeding (red ink)! We in Cedaredge have an entity which only sucks funds out of the town's budget. Someone needs to consider a solution other than raising rates on other utilities to solve the problem.
It is our suggestion that the course close the back nine. In that way, costs could be cut enormously, i.e. water, maintenance and whatever additional cost having the back nine open entails. Not many people even play the back nine as a regular game and instead opt for playing the front nine two times. When we moved here 18 years ago, we both golfed (duffers), but the majority of time, we only golfed the front nine. I've made this suggestion before and the response I get is that the Cedaredge golf course won't be able to hold tournaments. I have asked how many out-of-town tournaments, per year, the golf course is currently hosting, and what are they? What is the revenue generated as a result of those tournaments? I've never had an answer. For local tournaments, the front nine could be played two times with some changes for the 10th through 18th holes. If anyone remembers Cottonwood golf course in Delta, that's what was done there, previous to building a very challenging and costly 18-hole golf course. As a consequence, with the championship Devil's Thumb, costs have become a real burden on the taxpayers. They're in deeper red ink than Cedaredge, but they have an 18-hole championship course. The golf is good, it is said, but the financial situation the city is in because of it is untenable and very expensive.
Let's ask ourselves ... is any of this expense helping our non-golfing citizens? Is the 18-hole golf course benefitting anyone except the golfers? We believe that if a citywide vote could be held today, the golf course would lose.
We're hoping that this suggestion will be considered.
Gini and Lyn Moseley