Supervisor Steve Christy, who represents District 4 and where the abandoned golf course is located, made disparaging remarks about certain individuals spreading what he termed as "malicious and false information" about acceptance of the donation. Here's what county Parks staff distributed in their memo to Administrator Huckelberry:
"MAINTENANCE OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE EXTREMELY COSTLY (FOR WHICH PARKS DEPARTMENT DOES NOT HAVE FUNDS), COMPLAINTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SIGNIFICANT (WHICH WILL LIKELY LEAD TO ILL WILL WITH THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY), AND IT DOES NOT FIT INTO ANY RECREATION OR CONSERVATION PLANS THAT [PARKS] HAS IN THE GREEN VALLEY AREA. THEREFORE, WE HAVE NO DESIRE TO ACCEPT THIS DONATION."
Wonder if Supervisor Christy considers County Staff assessments "malicious" and aimed at spreading "false information?" Based on figures provided by Parks' staff, open space projects cost $10,000 per mile to maintain per year with two cuttings per year. The Canoa Hills Golf Course consists of approximately 130 acres.
Question of the Day: How many golf courses in Pima County are now supported with taxpayer funds?
You've heard it over and over from Administrator Huckelberry that we simply do not have enough funds to repair our roads. One way Huckelberry wants to fund road repairs is by the Board taking action on June 19, 2018 to pass a ten-year half-cent countywide sales tax. Do we need this additional tax to fix our roads?
No! It is nonsense when you hear we don't have enough money to fix our roads. The only obstacle we have in fixing our roads is the continued spending of your hard earned tax dollars on non-essential projects. Let's take a look at the latest fiasco proposed by Huckelberry which is sure to cost in excess of $7 million dollars ... money that could be spent on fixing your roads!
Project: Purchase of the Golden Pins bowling alley located at 1010 W. Miracle Mile (Read Huckelberry's memo attempting to justify the purchase and the Financial Analysis of Golden Pin Lanes Acquisition)
Selling Price: $2,941,600 MILLION (including $91,600 closing costs)
Remodeling Cost: $4 MILLION estimated
Total Project Cost: $6,941,600 MILLION ... but we don't have road money!
Supervisors Bronson, Elias, Valadez and Christy voted today to accept the donation of the abandoned and dilapidated Canoa Hills Golf Course into county property inventory. Requiring what will surely be more than $100,000 to bring the once operational golf course to minimal "open space" standards, the Supervisors ignored the plea of the Parks & Rec Department who stated, "[there] is no desire to accept the donation."
The acceptance of the Canoa Hills Golf Course donation from Morgan North of Borderland Investments, L.L.C. was one of the hot topics at the April 17, 2018 Supervisors' meeting. District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller was the lone voice of reason and opposition to accepting this so-called "gift" stating, "we can't afford to fix our roads, but we can find another shiny new deal to fund with hard earned taxpayer money. We must put an end to wasteful spending and prioritize core services needed for our community."
Miller's investigation into the matter revealed a series of documents originating in August 2017 between Borderlands owner Morgan North, Administrator Huckelberry, County Parks & Recreation, and Supervisor Christy's office -- none of which had been forwarded by Huckelberry's office prior to yesterday's board meeting. These missing documents reveal the true nature of the "$10 deal" presented to Supervisor Christy on August 23, 2017, nearly 8 (eight) months ago.
The question begs: Why were these documents not shared with the Board of Supervisors prior to the Board meeting? After reading the missing documents, it's possible Supervisors Bronson, Valadez and Elias might not have been so readily agreeable to casting their "YES" votes to accept the golf course donation. So, why did Supervisor Christy and Administrator Huckelberry hide these documents from public viewing? There's only one answer, folks!
Click to read the hidden documents: Canoa Hills August 2017 Missing Documents
FLASH NEWS: MILLER QUESTIONS APPRAISER ON MISSING INFO
FLASH: CANOA HILLS GOLF COURSE INFORMATION WITHHELD
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, a constituent provided me a copy of a memorandum from Administrator Huckelberry to County Attorney Andrew Flagg. The memo contained very important information regarding tax implications for the recently donated Canoa Hills Golf Course. This information appears to have been withheld from four Supervisors prior to the Board's decision on April 17, 2018 to accept the golf course as a donation.
I have communicated my grave concerns to County Attorney Flagg regarding the withheld information and the $100,000 tax liability associated with the golf course. For more details read the following:
BOWLING FOR ROAD REPAIRS? HIDDEN FACTS ....
Property Appraisals: $2 million or $2.2 million ... but we're paying $2.9 million? Read the two appraisals made by the same company with two different values only six days apart! Why are we paying over 30-40% of the appraised value?
Health Review Record Status of Property: This record was LOCKED on 9/11/17 (Read the LOCKED access record). WHY?
Asbestos Activity: You guessed it ... this building is full of asbestos! Read the Asbestos Activity Permit Application conducted by Desert Analytical. Only 554 sq. ft. of the building asbestos was removed ... that means we still have over 50,000 sq. ft. of building space to remediate. The cost? Sure to be a whopper!
WHERE'S THE ROAD MONEY? THIS IS A MUST-SEE VIDEO!
MISSING GOLF COURSE DOCUMENTS LOCATED
JUST FIX THE ROADS and STOP WASTEFUL SPENDING!
April 17, 2018 -- Pima County Board of Supervisors' Meeting
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING!
FLASHBACK ... May 17, 2017
Listen to former County Department of Transportation Director explain how HURF/VLT funds pay for 97% of the department's $43.5M expenses. This will help you understand where your road money is being spent and why you're being asked to pay more in taxes for road repairs.
GOLF COURSE vs. ROAD REPAIRS? You Guessed It!
WHY THE HIDDEN FACTS?
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May 9, 2018 -- Supervisor Miller sends CERTIFIED letter to Valbridge Property Advisors, firm responsible for Golden Pins bowling alley property appraisal, requesting answers to missing appraisal information pertaining to asbestos in the building ....