Amherst Cherry Hill Golf Course (metaphorically speaking)
Just so all of us "customers" have time to adapt, Amherst announced six months in advance a 3% price hike in water and sewer rates. Yeah, that $24 annual increase takes a long time to soften the shock. Thanks.
Or I suppose households could cut back--a bath here and a toilet flush there. But try telling that to my two kids.
Now too bad the town could not correspondingly swing a magic golf club and guarantee an increase in the bottom line at our floundering golf business. Interestingly, the town has incrementally increased rates almost every year for the past decade or so but it still loses money hand over fist because of sinking interest in the expensive game of golf.
And with H-U-G-E capital infrastructure expenditures coming up soon, those already too large losses will only grow exponentially.
Government seems to do just fine in the marketplace when it has a monopoly on a vital service like running water or education, but tanks in a competitive arena where good quality at a fair price matters.
Unfortunately the taxpayers are all too easily tapped to cover the difference.