GOLF COURSE vs. ROAD REPAIRS? You Guessed It!
April 17, 2018 -- Pima County Board of Supervisors' Meeting
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
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MISSING GOLF COURSE DOCUMENTS LOCATED
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?
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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."