Parker Leavitt reported via AZCentral this morning about the Goldwater Institute’s demand letter to the Town of Gilbert regarding a town-owned recreational facility that competes against for-profit private recreational facilities.
Naturally, this could have huge impact on Scottsdale, which is widely praised for our taxpayer-owned recreational facilities and programs.
I also read a statistic this morning that Scottsdale has over 200 golf courses. That is hard to believe, but even if there are only half that number it contrasts greatly against two city-owned facilities that received a combined $20 million in taxpayer subsidy last year and this year: The TPC and McDowell Mountain Golf. I might add that private businesses profit handsomely from their management of those facilities: the PGA and Phil Mickelson are the operators.
I hope Goldwater will be as interested in golf welfare as they are in gymnasium competition.
Leavitt reported earlier this year on abuse of tax incentives in Gilbert.