Cherry Hill winter wonderland (note DPW did not even bother to plow the parking lot)
Once again at the fiscal year half-way point for the golf business that straddles two calendar years, the municipally owned Cherry Hill Golf Course is, as usual, on a fast track to economic ruin.
Only it's the taxpayers who cover the losses, not the tax-exempt White Elephant business.
At closing in mid-November (yes, they did not stay open to take advantage of the warmest December in history) total revenues are a pathetic $99,144, down from last year's $102, 347 at this same time.
And last year they went on to finish FY15 with $211,680 total intake vs $298,133 spent, or a lost of $86,453.
But this year's budget has an extra $16,000 in capital appropriations for yet another lawnmower, so safe bet they will break the $100,000 mark for losses when the books close (June 30) on FY16. This will about match the $103,964 lost in FY14.
Hey a $100K here and $100K there, pretty soon you're talking real money. Money that could go towards hiring a couple of badly needed first responders.
Next spring when all our ambulances are out and AFD Central and North Station are empty, Dispatch should tell a 911 caller to try the golf course. Maybe a groundskeeper in a golf cart will be free to respond, as they sure aren't overly busy serving golf customers.