Thursday, July 23, 2020

Guest View-Jack Stinnett: Who Benefits from the "Golf Ticket"

The golfers and golf residents benefit...
Let’s ask who benefits from the golf ticket of incumbents Solomon, and Rodman plus golfer Mo Greene? The obvious answer is the EL Conquistador Men’s Golf Association, and the adjacent property owners whose views we are subsidizing by paying the golf sales tax of $2 ½ million each year.

...HSL Properties also benefits
If we look deeper and follow the money, another picture emerges When HSL Properties purchased the Hilton resort out of bankruptcy they dumped the El Conquistador Country Club and 45 holes of golf (losing ~ $1.5 million a year) on our former Hiremath led council. A brilliant move by HSL: Stick the naive town council with the losses and still promote the El Conquistador as a destination golf resort.

HSL needs the town to keep courses in top condition to support their "golf resort vacation" narrative
Big spender golfers from flyover country are rubes, but not stupid. One look at the dated 1980 clubhouse, the tired Overlook, and they start complaining about paying for a golf resort vacation and getting a bad deal. So for the past several years HSL has been bankrolling the Hiremath council while lobbying them to fix the courses and update the clubhouse. Since 2015 ,HSL has invested tens of thousands to support friendly council members. In the 2016 council election Pina, Rodman and Soloman each received over $12,000 from HSL .

Solomon and Rodman voted to do that
So how did they vote? Incumbents Solomon, and Rodman have voted the party line, twice voting for the town to borrow $6 million to immediately fix the courses and rebuild the clubhouse. They voted against mayor Winfield’s pay as you go approach to pay for course irrigation repairs, and again voted for a $3 million bond for clubhouse repairs.

So I am voting for self funded candidates Tim Bohen and Bill Garner who will not support HSL over resident families who want playgrounds and trails and not a new clubhouse.

Jack Stinnett
Oro Valley
Jack Stinnett is an Oro Valley resident. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served on Minesweepers and Destroyers. After his military service, Jack was employed as an engineer and plant manager in the Nuclear Power industry, a factory manager in the automotive industry, and Vice-President of a worldwide engine components business. Jack finished his career as President and CEO of Morris Material Handling in Milwaukee. He and his wife, Connie, moved to Oro Valley in 2011. Jack was a member of Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Commission from 2012-2014, serving as Chairman in 2013-2014. He enjoys woodworking, biking, and visiting his grandchildren.