In spite of being dead wrong about predicted golf revenues for his entire tenure as Town Manager, John Musante optimistically insists on predicting a higher number ($268,000), that's always presented to Town Meeting in the spring and is always proved wrong come the following July 1st end of the Fiscal Year.
Town Manager's 2015 budget report "letter of transmittal"
All you need is a calculator to see it did NOT cover all its costs from user fees
The beastly White Elephant of a municipal "business" continues on its losing ways with end of season revenues being well below break even levels.
And -- even worse -- expenditures at disproportionately higher than average levels as well.
Current revenues stand at $102,347 vs expenditures of $143,684. Former long time manager of the course Dan Engstrom (who mysteriously disappeared on St Patrick's Day 2007) always used to tell town officials you could simply double revenues at season close in order to project full fiscal year (which ends June 30th) totals.
Town Manager's 2014 Budget report "letter of transmittal"
Although the real formula is closer to doubling the numbers and then increase that total by another 20%.
Either way, the ailing business will not intake $268,000 by July 1st. This, on top of "actual" losses exceeding $100,000 last year (although, as usual, predicted to "cover its operating and employee benefits entirely from user fees").
Town Manager's 2013 Budget report "letter of transmittal"
Cherry Hill itsy bitsy clubhouse (note lack of solar panels)
In a July 7th memo to his bosses the venerable 5-member Amherst Select Board, Town Manager Musante did, finally, admit "This ongoing evaluation will likely include revisiting the cost-benefit of privatizing operations of the Cherry Hill Golf Course."
Town Managers 2012 Budget report "letter of transmittal"
Let's hope that commons sense proposal is included in his FY2016 budget rather than the standard wrong headed projection about the beleaguered business covering its costs "entirely from user fees."