Liverpool still chasing Champions League spot

first_imgRepublic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy was on the scoresheet for Everton in a 3-nil win at home to ten-man Newcastle.While Chelsea are six points clear of Manchester City at the top after a 1-all draw with Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool will look to close the gap to Manchester United in the race for the Champions League tonight.Brendan Rodgers brings his Reds to his former side Swansea, with kick-off at the Liberty Stadium at 8 o’clock.Manchester United hold a five-point advantage over Liverpool following yesterday’s comfortable 3-nil defeat of Tottenham.last_img read more

(updated) Part 3: The cost of doing golf business for the city of Wellington

first_imgTotal Expenditures $413,495 $297,578 $594,684 *Swimming pool is under the Wellington Recreation Commission budget. Special alcohol & drugs $12,864 Total expenditures $378,491 $366,377 $367,671 Total income $294,926 $264,679 $586,408 Sanitation $1,460,621  201420152016 Total expenses $1,217,924 $1,367,761 $1,460,621 Sanitation Total receipts $1,162,864 $1,342,714 $1,341,217 Appropriations from general fund $82,389 $72,900 $57,500 Net revenue-$118,569-$32,899-$8,276 Total receipts $80,703.57 $86,337.77n/a Budget Authority for Expenditures Hospital sales tax $1,490,000 Tourism and Convention $26,034 Electric, Water & Sewer $19,930,299 Total expenses $19,576,269 $18,090,643 $19,930,299 Golf Course General fund $8,260,202 Total expenses $120,338.23 $123,591.36n/a Net revenue-$39,634.66-$37,253.59center_img Total receipts $365,134 $373,121 $360,927 Debt Service $1,022,689 Electric, Water & Sewer Special Liability $462,673 Municipal airport $594,684 Ambulance & Firefighting $107,600 Addendum: Shields sent an e-mail to Sumner Newscow after the story was presented. He stated:With regard to the information in your article regarding the appropriation to the golf fund, an item to mention for accuracy: 2015 Revised Budget numbers were and still are a projection.  2015 actual numbers, once the year is complete, will be different.  The $72,900 2015 Revised amount will most certainly have to increase.  The memo attached was in the agenda packet Sept 25 providing the governing body an early notice of the possibility.      The memo stated to the city council:“As reported to you several times in the budget process, there was some concern that estimated revenue amounts submitted would not be met. After the month of August, the Recreation Licenses revenue category is approximately $97,135 less than the total amount estimated for the year. At this point, the largest shortfall is in golf green fees ($45,073 short) and golf cart rental ($30,254 short). Director of Golf Derek Harrison reports that there is about $16,000 in outstanding accounts receivable. He also reports that if there is a similar amount of play as last year for the remainder of the year, revenue will top around $273,000. That amount will be short of the projected revenue by $26,450 which will result in a a budget shortfall.The memo also outlined income revenue shortfalls with the municipal airport fund. The full memo can be found here: Memo to Council 09112015 Rev & Exp status.Follow us on Twitter. Municipal Airport Funds with no tax levy    Municipal golf course $367,671 Special parks and rec $24,327 Special Highway $236,127 Library $251,549 *Wellington Swimming Pool Net revenue-$13,357 $6,744-$6,744 Employee benefits $1,688,712  $35,936,052 Total receipts $17,383,202 $17,686,315 $20,054,990 Part 3 of 3-part series————An addendum by Wellington City Finance Director Shane Shields follows after this article was first published. It is featured below the original article …———by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will always be the debate over whether or not the city of Wellington should pay into a golf course, that many consider a non-essential item. But Wellington is most certainly not alone in providing subsidies to its municipal golf course. In fact, it’s a ritual that is repeated across the state of Kansas. Also, on the overall scheme of things, the amount of revenue the city pays into the golf course is less than it costs one city administrator.  When the 2016 budget is implemented in January, the city plans to allocate $57,500 to the golf course. That is down compared to $72,900 in 2015 and $82,359 in 2014. Sumner Newscow called a few other cities in the area to see if this is similar to what other municipalities are spending. The city of Winfield, for instance, puts much more into its Quail Ridge Course, an 18-hole golf course on the south end of the city. In 2016, the city of Winfield allocated $178,292 in 2014 and $169,289 in 2013 to Quail Ridge, according to budget figures. The entire Quail Ridge golf course budget is $630,000 in 2014, significantly higher than Wellington’s $367,671 allocated budget for 2016. Like Wellington, Winfield gets a good bit of out of town traffic for its golf course, and that helps the local economy. Winfield City Manager Warren Porter said as much as 40 percent of the golf played there are from people who do not live in Winfield. In part one of this series, Wellington City Council member Bill Butts said Wellington’s course almost gets the same percentage from out-of-town traffic. Porter said Quail Ridge was essential in the development of that area which now includes a motel and a Montana Mike’s Restaurant. “About six different sized housing developments were built around the course upon completion,” Porter said. “So the growth of the community was spurred by the development along with the growth of assessed valuation and utility sales.” By contrast, Arkansas City spends very little on its golf course. There are two 9-hole courses in Arkansas City, and neither are subsidized. One course is on land owned by the city, and it is leased to the gold association for one dollar per year, and the association runs the course. Ark City used to subsidize the course some, but that was discontinued a few years ago, a city official said. The Cherry Oaks golf course near Cheney also subsidizes its course heavily. The course’s budget in 2015 was $694,000 and it had revenue of $475,000, according to their city budget. •••••The overall perspective Critics, though, will point out that the golf course is a luxury that the city of Wellington cannot afford – and it should be 100 percent privately funded. But how much of a drain is it for the city? There are four funds in the 2016 Wellington City Budget in which revenues are not derived from tax mill levies – meaning their main source of revenue comes from receipts. Those are the golf course, the municipal airport; the electric water and sewer; and a separated sanitation fund.    The Wellington swimming pool, as well as other parks, are largely funded through the Wellington Recreation Commission budget. According to the 2016 budget, the city estimates it will spend $367,671 on the golf course or about 1.02 percent of the overall general budget. In return, the golf course will generate $360,927 in revenue. Yes, the golf course is operating at a loss. Thus, the city allocates $57,500 out of the general fund, (see budget figures below). Let’s put this in perspective. The City of Wellington has an overall budget of $35.9 million. The $57,500 allocation accounts for less than .01 percent of the total budget. It is safe to say the golf course is irrelevant to the overall scheme of the the city’s operations. The city derives most of its revenue from electric, water and sewer of $20,054.990 and $1.34 million from a separated sanitation fund. Perhaps, the three entities that are most closely compared is the golf course, the municipal airport and the Wellington swimming pool. Here too, the golf course, holds its own as far as money coming in and coming out. All three entities operate at a loss. According to city budget numbers, the golf course made a profit of $6,744 in 2015 after losing $13,357 in 2014. It is projected to lose $6,744 in 2016. The municipal airport figure vary greatly because of the possibility of the runway extension grant kicking in. Still in 2014, the airport lost $118,569. In 2015 it lost $32,899 and is projected to lose $8,276. The Wellington swimming pool, always a money pit because that is just the way pools are, lost $39,634 in 2014 and $37,273.59 in 2015. So from a taxpayers perspective, the golf course can hardly be to blame for that exorbitant tax bill you pay every December. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (25) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Mr. Nobody · 241 weeks ago I’ll be happy to provide the silverware for all you folks that have been so negative about the golf course and how much it cost the city and blah blah blah. It makes me a little sad to think so many are so quick to judge something they may not know much about. This is a wonderful little town with good people. I would invite anyone to come out and enjoy the beautiful piece of property that the west side of town holds. Maybe even try the game the blast so often, but one step at a time. Much Love Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 241 weeks ago James and Tracy, Thank you for your hard work is constructing this series. It was very informative, regardless of stance on the issue. Keep up the good work! Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down jeff · 241 weeks ago The golf course is an albatross around our neck. The citizens cannot afford to be forced to pay one more thin dime into a toy that most neither can afford, nor use. These are difficult times, waste and non-necessity must go. Drastic change is required, and drastic change requires drastic measures. This town is in danger of a mass exodus, especially so when the cruelty of the utility increase hits soon. In an earlier column you mention “paradigm shift” – well, time for us to shift it again – no more culling the taxpayer for elitist benefit.” If you want your golf course and subsidies, bring in a PGA or LPGA event. Make some serious scratch and if you can’t, print up your membership cards and a dues schedule, but get your fingers out of the till. Make money. Pay your own bills… or perish and suffer like the rest of us. Report Reply 1 reply · active 241 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Jason · 241 weeks ago Wellingtonians should be proud of their golf course. It is a very nice course for such a small town. I haven’t lived in wellington for 20 years, but I try to play that course each time I come home to visit. Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Restaurant Guro · 241 weeks ago Based on the budget shortfalls above I think the golf course could easily be turned around with some sort of promotion or food and beverage revamp. They have the meeting space/ party areas that are rarely utilized. I would be curious to know what they charge to rent the space out. If you cut the budget to the golf course the quality of the course will be affected thus lowering income putting you in a worse off situation than you were in before. To me it looks like the airport needs a stern look over in regards to expenses although the debt/equity ratio is becoming more favorable. I would also recommend increasing fractionally the sanitary receipts by raising the price slightly. The pool is becoming a money pit that needs a revamp of some sort whether that be advertising or looking at the price elasticity of admissions to customers over the last few years. I liked Thirsty’s idea about a package deal for pool/golf course packages. All this can be turned around with proper leadership and understanding of what changes contribute to favorable outcomes! Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Restaurant Guro · 241 weeks ago I will also add I travel to Wellington just to Golf sometimes. I don’t think decreasing the budget would make me want to continue traveling there when there are 5 courses around here priced relatively the same and are well kept. I am sure I can speak for other out of town golfers who would agree. Report Reply 1 reply · active 241 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Tiger Woods · 241 weeks ago If I understand correctly, the dollars from the General Fund are not included in the receipts, therefore the golf course actually had a loss of -$95,746 in 2014. The -$13,357 was only the loss from receipts minus expenditures and did not include the $82,389 from the city. Report Reply 1 reply · active 241 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down jason · 241 weeks ago If they lost 95,764, then we need to let it close. That’s a lot of wasted money to lose or let them figure out how to stay afloat with out tax payers money. That’s pathetic if they lost that much money in a year. Time to cut back salaries and cut back on staff Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 241 weeks ago Is the city charging a city tax (hotel tax) because if not they should be! Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Eric · 241 weeks ago If you look at the appropriation is is decreasing year after year. The appropriation is a drop in the bucket to the 35 million dollar budget. It is less than 1/10th of 1 percent lol. Even if it was completely funded by tax revenue it would only be $7.12/ year out of your pocket. You pay more a year to support the welfare mooches around the country (somewhere around 30 dollars/year.) Even comparing the appropriation to the General Fund it is still merely 6/10th of 1%. I don’t think the golf course is the budgetary issue that needs to be addressed. Report Reply 3 replies · active 240 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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