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Sell the golf course!


March 29, 2013
In these uncertain financial times, Chicopee officials need to more thoroughly address non-essential spending. For example, Chicopee Country Club, where use is not limited to Chicopee residents. The course deserves special budget attention, especially in view of the golf course commission's recent request for $1.8 million to replace the irrigation system.

Per city records, the golf course operated $707,887 in the red over the past five fiscal years. The new one-year contract with an outside maintenance management company could also cost taxpayers even more. With federal and state aid cuts looming, city officials should eliminate all non-essential expenses.

Selling the course property would rid Chicopee of a white elephant that has required an infusion of tax dollars to stop the hemorrhaging of red ink six of the last ten years (according to city records). With an assessed value of over $8.5 million and 243 acres, the potential for development is unlimited. Its sale would raise much needed cash and the annual tax revenue to Chicopee would be incrementally unlimited.

It would be fiscally responsible for city officials to sell the course and put the tax dollars to more beneficial use for Chicopee taxpayers.

Jim Raschilla

Chicopee

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