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CSEA rips golf-course plan

The state Civil Service Employee Association’s Monroe County unit today blasted County Executive John Doyle’s plan to privatize the county’s three publicly owned golf courses.
A statement issued by CSEA chief Florence Trippi calls the privatization plan “a potential disaster for taxpayers.”
Doyle last month said the county will turn over operation of the Genesee Valley Park, Durand Eastman Park and Churchville golf courses to Genesee Valley golf pro Jack Tindale.
Under Doyle’s plan, the county would set fees and food prices at course concessions, while a private operator would be responsible for running the courses.
Tindale says he can increase revenues at the three golf courses by more than $200,000 a year.
The three courses already make a profit for the county, Trippi countered. Taxpayers and golfers are now paying for capital improvements at the courses that will benefit a private operator, she added.
Trippi cited a CSEA study noting that cities such as Troy, N.Y., and Cincinnati have studied and rejected privatization of publicly run golf courses.
Indianapolis, meanwhile, went ahead with a privatization plan four years ago.
The Indiana metropolis found its formerly publicly run golf operation targeted by a prosecutors’ investigation that turned up rigged bidding and purchasing and cannibalization of city-owned equipment, she warned.
Trippi also criticized Doyle for failing to seek public or legislative input before he proposed the golf-course privatization plan.

CSEA rips golf-course plan

The state Civil Service Employee Association’s Monroe County unit today blasted County Executive John Doyle’s plan to privatize the county’s three publicly owned golf courses.
A statement issued by CSEA chief Florence Trippi calls the privatization plan “a potential disaster for taxpayers.”
Doyle last month said the county will turn over operation of the Genesee Valley Park, Durand Eastman Park and Churchville golf courses to Genesee Valley golf pro Jack Tindale.

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