July 2017 Numbers – How Is Oro Valley Trending?

The July 2017 numbers are on the Consent Agenda for the Sept. 20, Oro Valley Town Council meeting. Don’t look for them to be taken off the Consent Agenda for discussion, and made public, because according to Mayor Hiremath, “You see I have a weird philosophy in that I try to impress on all my Council members that part of being a responsible Councilmember is to seek answers to any concerns there may be before the council meeting and try to avoid grandstanding or playing “gotcha” with staff or each other.”

What the Mayor is really saying is PLEASE do not discuss these numbers in public. Well Mr. Mayor….here they are.

In July 2017 the contracted revenues (golf, tennis, food/beverage, merchandise) were $17,150 higher than in July 2016. This is good. The Town revenues (daily drop ins-fitness member dues, rec. programs, swim team/lessons, facility rental income, and concession sales) were $22,687 higher in July 2017 then July 2016. This is good. Add in the sales tax revenues the total Community Center Fund revenues were $62,689 higher in July 2017 then July 2016. This is good.

How about the expenditures?

The contracted expenditures in July 2017 were $24,135 higher than July 2016. This is bad. The Town expenditures in July 2017 were $11,082 higher than July 2016. This is bad. In total, the Community Center Fund (CCF) lost $54,597 in July 2017; leaving its balance at a negative $94,456. Remember, this is the fund set up to pay for all the Community Center dealings.

Council member Snider was overheard at the Educational Forum held on September 13, at the Council Chambers that golf was making money. Well…what are the facts? Troon lost $6,985 ($242,465) more in July 2017 than it did in July 2016 ($235,480). Next time Council member Snider speaks, you might ask her for the facts.

The restaurant/grille (The Overlook) lost $10,575 in July 2017.

In the Mayor’s communication, quoted above, he asks why LOVE, a popular Oro Valley website, doesn’t mention that the General Fund balance increased by $2,000,000 in the last fiscal year. This is indeed a fact. However one might ask why the Council saved $2,000,000 and not spent it on making the Community Center ADA compliant? Maybe it was because the Council had already taken addition monies out of the General Fund to supplement the CCF. Then why didn’t the Council spend some of the surplus $2,000,000 to do something the Citizens desired, build some ball fields? Is it because they would rather see if the residents will approve an additional property tax to fund something that we already have money to accomplish?

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Mike Zinkin served on the Oro valley Town Council for a number of years. He remains an advocate for the taxpayer and shares his opinions on various platforms including the Arizona Daily Independent.