Better Management of Indian Wells Golf Resort
- Citizens for Better City Management
- Closed on
The Resident Golf Rate petition has been closed and I want to thank all those who signed. We had 153 signers and these incredible results will be given to the IW City Council on Jan 5, 2017 at the 1:00 pm meeting at City Hall. I ask all those who have signed to attend this meeting. It can demonstrate our support for meaningful changes in IWGR operations. Increasing the RGR is really the first step to stop the losses at IWGR. Your support by attendance, and public comment if you are willing, can make a difference to initiating even more necessary changes. Thank you again for your support for this important first step.
The Indian Wells Golf Resort is a City owned facility and run by contracted professionals as a City Enterprise operation. The contracted professionals cannot independently increase residents golf rates without Indian Wells City Council direction and approval. The resort has never operated at a profit and has always required significant tax dollars to sustain operations and resident amenities.
According to the 9/16/2016 Desert Sun article (see link above) the resort has lost $15 million dollars over the last 10 years and expected to lose several millions of dollars over the next 5 years. The majority of the sitting City Council and previous Councils have declined to recommend raising Resident Golf Rates above the original amount of $35.00 per round that was set in 1993. With normal inflation applied the 1993 original rate would now be $58.45 per round in 2016.
Measure GG failed on the 11/08/16 ballot. GG would have "increased taxes" to subsidize IWGR losses but not require any other fiscally responsible actions by the City Council. Continued Resort losses will eventually result in the City being forced to consider reducing basic services such as police, fire and road maintenance. Compared to other municipal golf courses our resident rates are too low. Reasonable increases still offer residents an incredible value at our world class golf courses and in line with La Quinta and Palm Desert public courses.
The time has come to begin fiscally responsible actions by our City Council.
We the undersigned, as Indian Wells homeowners request that the Indian Wells City Council approve an increase in the City resident golf fees at Indian Wells Golf Resort to a minimum to $50.00 per golf round and resident guest rates to a minimum of $85.00 per round for "in season" round.
The Better Management of Indian Wells Golf Resort petition to City Council of Indian Wells was written by Citizens for Better City Management and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.