Are city golf courses losing money? Technically no. Upon reviewing the City of Cedar Rapids Trial Balance Summary of Golf Operations 10-Year History it became apparent our city courses were profitable before 2009. What happened in 2009?
For whatever reason the city manager, mayor and city council at that time, decided to attach four expenditures to the golf course budget as follows: Account 521113 City Accounting Services in 2016 was $179,520, Account 521114 City Inter Department Charge in 2016 was $154,635.89, Account 522109 City Information Tech Service in 2016 was $95,754.13, Account 524102 City Fleet Rental Charge in 2016 was $125,087.58. While these are questionable expenses the city courses only lost $23,185.91 in 2016.
Our Cedar Rapids City Council needs to be more transparent regarding our city golf courses financial situation. Who knew about the heavy load our golf courses were carrying?
These expenditures probably should have been allocated to the parks and recreation department.
Our city council is considering divesting of the city courses by leasing them to a private entity because they are (losing?) money. However, no intelligent private investment entity will accept/sign on to any of these account charges. In that case, to what city department will the city council allocate these expenditures? Then the new landlord of the Cedar Rapids city golf courses will make mucho money.
Larry D. Sharp