It was our Hall County Board/County Jailer with a ridiculous grand scheme to tap into our pockets a few a days ago...now it's the City of Grand Island. The city's golf course is showing a near third million debt load built up over the past few years. The city folks want the "city to pay the city back" to clear the books. This will allow them to move forward to decide whether or not to continue to run the golf course as an enterprise...funded entirely by fees...or change things and fund it with a mix of fees and local taxes. I golf once a year just to say that I did (I find it much more relaxing to shoot things...or fall out of a boat at 2 in the morning trying to reel in a giant wiper...all on my own dime as much as possible.) That being said...you know that I am a big pay for your own fun or stay home guy...not allowing my entertainment "needs" to be a burden on the folks that pay taxes.
It got funny deeper into the news story...after they get the debt paid off...the City Parks Director...a guy that thinks money grows on trees...except in city parks...announces that oh-by-the-way...we need to replace diseased trees...renovate the club house...and drop a cool million on a new underground sprinkler system...and I don't know who has another couple million laying around for that. All the while knowing that the city's annual sales tax revenue is expected to fall a half million short and we have a tanking economy...what a piece of work. GI has great visionary leadership bar none (it amazes me how politicians are now crawling out from under the rubble realizing that we are broke and now is the time to do something about it - vote em out...they won't change.) I say maybe we should just plow the golf course under and plant corn.Aside from a park or two or a standard swimming pool...I believe that's all a city or state government owes us in our search for quality life. Taxpayers should not be obligated to fund water parks...shooting ranges...racing parks...colossal stadiums or amphitheaters etc. If it's an entertainment venue it should be privately built and funded. Like business used to be..."sink or swim baby." I salute Kearney down the road for keeping their Entertainment Center/Hockey Arena private...I know it's a rough go...and I support them and encourage others to do the same. I hope they succeed.