FREE GOLF IN NEEDLES!
NEEDLES CITY COUNCIL SUBSIDIZES
FREE GOLF AT RIVERS EDGE GOLF COURSE!
“Needles City Council approved reiterating established rates.”
The Needles City Council is the gift that keeps on giving, the story that just won’t stop. To the mainstream readers of iepolitics far removed from the antics in Needles, the appropriate analogy is that of a microcosm of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Please God deliver us from evil……
But to actually vote to continue what Needles City Manager Rick Daniels referred to as the “Death Spiral” at city owned Rivers Edge Golf Course, including 2800 rounds of free golf requiring a $.25 Million subsidy from the City of Needles General Fund opens the door for many questions.
Fifty one percent of Needles is on Welfare and now we are giving away free golf . The motives and reasoning of the Needles City Council are usually highly suspect but this is the icing on Needles cake.
The vote was tied with Mayor Ed Paget serving as the tiebreaker.
Apparently $322,000 was lost due to free rounds of golf, a total of 20,603 rounds being played with only 195 rounds being paid in full.
The Economy of Needles is shattered. We do not have a grocery store in a city of 4,000 and now each Needles resident paid $65 to subsidize free golf. The cost of operation was $38.51 per round, the average price paid for the extremely few paid rounds was only $25.21.
In no environment other than Ed Paget’s Needles would any business be subsidized after such a tragedy of reason as to comp yourself out of business. Someone literally “gave the farm away” to cronies of the purported “Needles Elite”. The City of Needles is flat broke by its own admission and now this . . ..
This is going to be an absolutely wonderful election year.