Cherry Hill absorbs a lot of sun, and tax dollars
For perhaps the first time in its entire history of municipal operation (1987) the Cherry Hill Golf Course came in under budget for expenditures consuming "only" $240,866 of its $242,949 operation budget.
Of course, also as usual, the Golf Course missed revenues by a fairway generating only $211,680 on a budget built on a $268,000 intake. So the simple math indicates Cherry Hill lost "only" $29,186.
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Not shown: $5,046 in insurance
But, as usual, that's only half the sad story. In addition to the $240,866 operation budget the White Elephant Golf business also required $39,721 in Employee Benefits, $12,500 in Capital Appropriations (lawnmower) and $5,046 in Insurance.
Or a grand total spent on golf in FY15 of $298,133 against a pitiful intake of $211,680 -- or a loss of $86,453. Coming on the heels of a $103,964 loss last year (which could have been better spent hiring two Public Safety professionals).
War Memorial Park former wading pool (middle/right) is now UFO landing zone
Meanwhile the wading pool at War Memorial Park was ripped out by the DPW last winter and the play equipment is as old as the Town Manager.
60+ year old Groff Park Wading Pool needs (too much) expensive repair
And the wading pool at Groff Park is on its last legs, losing half the volume of water and requiring a 5 gallon bucket of chlorine every other day due to extensive leakage.
Last year the Town Manager sent a memo to the Select Board saying it was perhaps time to once again look at leasing out Cherry Hill to a private vendor.
At least that way it would generate tax money rather than consume it. Amherst Golf Course, owned by Amherst College, paid the town $19,158 in property taxes for their successful golf business last year.
Hadley Solar Array in the middle of a corn field
Better yet, since the town prides itself on being a "Green Community" the expansive swath of God's green earth should be put out to bid for a Solar Array.
Town Hall parking lot with 2 spaces reserved for electric vehicles (still awaiting final installation)