Golf course to end year up to $175K in hole
Atchafalaya Golf Course will end its fiscal year this month with a $150,000 to $175,000 deficit that will be covered by parish government.
Meeting in regular session Wednesday, members of the St. Mary Parish Council heard the annual report from golf course commission Chairman Rudy Sparks.
Revenue on the year from the public course will be at $1.2 million, which Sparks said is $225,000 short of projections but $125,000 ahead of last year.
Expenses on the year totaled $1.3 million which was under budget by about $100,000, he said.
“The commission is … doing everything we can to hold expenses down,” he said.
He noted that the deficit is an improvement over previous years which included a $300,000 shortfall last year and a $450,000 deficit the first full year of operation six years ago.
“Where we’re not where we want to be – we obviously want to be at break even, we even want to be making money – I can tell you from a financial standpoint it’s getting better every year,” Sparks said.
He added that part of the improvements can be attributed to contracting out the food and beverage service two years ago. That seven-year contract includes receipt of 2 percent of gross sales the first year, 3 percent the second year and 5 percent a year beginning in 2012 for the remainder of the contract.
Gross revenue this year from the food service is at $1.1 million making a total of $2.3 million in revenue that Sparks said is generating some $90,000 in sales taxes to the parish.
Taking into account spending in the parish by nonresidents, and salaries and wages of employees and their spending Sparks put the economic output to the St. Mary Parish economy at $6 million to $7 million.
In his presentation, Sparks said there will be no changes in greens fees in the new fiscal year. The proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year projects $26,000 in net income.
Councilman Glen Hidalgo of Bayou Vista asked that the council wait until its next meeting on Sept. 28 to approve the proposed budget and rate schedule in order to give everyone time to review the documents.
In other business the council:
—Approved designation of Fire Protection District 11 as the official firefighting entity of the Four Corners, Sorrell, Glencoe and Louisa communities.
—Endorsed the St. Mary School Board’s 11.18 mill, 10-year, tax renewal proposition on the Oct. 22 ballot. Superintendent Dr. Don Aguillard told the council that the millage generates $6.3 million annually and funds the salaries of 127 teachers.
—Referred to finance committee a $20,000 contribution request by Richard LeGrier III of Louisiana Circles to sustain its program to eliminate poverty, as well as the annual request from the Council on Aging.
—Agreed on solid waste tipping fees in the amounts of $47.50 per ton for general landfill waste, $42.50 for construction and demolition waste and $64 per ton for industrial waste. The fees are based on operation and maintenance costs at the Harold J. “Babe” Landry Landfill in Berwick.
—Adopted ordinances authorizing a right-of-way agreement with the City of Franklin on the Bayou Yokely improvement project; amending the current fiscal year budget; acquisition of properties related to the Industrial Road project in Morgan City; a servitude agreement with BellSouth Telecommunications; a zoning map amendment in behalf of C&A Properties at 2626 Cypremort Point Road from Neighborhood Commercial to Mixed Residential; and designation of a polling place for Precinct 12 at St. Joseph Baptist Church.
—Introduced ordinances on a cooperative endeavor agreement with Water and Sewer Commission 1; and the issuance of a $600,000 certificate of indebtedness.
—Passed resolutions on a professional services agreement with Archon Information Systems LLC; application for state government assistance funds for construction of Amelia sidewalks at Lake Palourde Road and purchase of an excavator by Consolidated Drainage District 1; an engineering agreement with Engensus LLC on the wind retrofit project; and accepting a $476,544 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for taxiway lighting improvements at Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport.
—Appointed Frank Guarisco and Cecilio A. Hernandez to the Golf Course Commission; Artis Jackson Jr. to the E911 District; Ann Luke and Didi Battle to Hospital Service District 1; Melanie F. Butcher to Recreation District 1; and John Navy to Recreation District 7.