Sebastian County Quorum Court approves controversial golf cart lease program

At Tuesday’s (July 15) meeting of the Sebastian County Quorum Court, the Court approved on a third vote by a tally of seven to six an ordinance that would have the county enter into a lease for golf carts at a cost of more than $32,000 per year.

The lease will provide the county with 70 new golf carts for use at Ben Geren Golf Course for four years, at which time either another lease or a purchase of golf carts will take place if approved by the court.

The lease had drawn scorn from Justice of the Peace Shawn Looper, who suggested that the lease of golf carts out of the general fund was cheating other departments out of pay raises and needed capital expenditures, such as patrol cars in the sheriff's department.

Looper said the annual payments of $32,477 to replace the fleet are irresponsible considering the number of rounds played at the golf course have steadily dropped since 2007.

"Since 2007, the number of golfers, the number of rounds has gone down 30%, so I'm not sure why you need that number of golf carts," Looper said prior to Tuesday’s meeting.

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Rich man's game

JP Looper wants to close Ben Geren golf course because it doesn't operate at a profit. Maybe he is right. Maybe golf should be reserved for the rich, only those who can afford membership at a country club. The county should not spend money to provide a beautiful golf course for the average working man and woman and retired citizens. While at it, we should close ALL of Ben Geren park, including the softball fields, because they require taxpayer dollars and are not self supporting. The county is not in the business of providing quality of life opportunities to the average citizen. Creekmore Park and the other city parks require taxpayers support, and are primarily used by the middle and lower class. They should all be sold to private companies. Same goes for Creekmore Pool. No way it is self supporting. It should be sold, leased out, or closed. If people want golf parks, swimming parks, or recreational parks, let the private sector operate and support them and don't make the hardworking taxpayer have to support places of play for others. I don't go to these parks, why should I pay for them with my tax money? If the new water park doesn't make a profit, shut it down. Quality of life is not the taxpayers' responsibility. Thank you, JP Looper, for protecting the taxpayer from the many selfish lower and middle income persons who want to enjoy golf, participate in softball leagues, go to the park for a picnic, or take their families to the water park on a hot summer day. These activities should only be enjoyed those who can afford the full costs of such activities without taxpayer subsidies.
JP Looper wants to close Ben Geren golf course because it doesn't operate at a profit. Maybe he is right. Maybe golf should be reserved for the rich, only those who can afford membership at a country club. The county should not spend money to provide a beautiful golf course for the average working man and woman and retired citizens. While at it, we should close ALL of Ben Geren park, including the softball fields, because they require taxpayer dollars and are not self supporting. The county is not in the business of providing quality of life opportunities to the average citizen. Creekmore Park and the other city parks require taxpayers support, and are primarily ...>> Read the entire comment.

Wrong Club 1Iron

Who are you trying to fool with your slam of JP Looper? The real facts are that County Judge Hudson is spending an extra 2 million taxpayer dollars on the water park by using Flintco of Tulsa and not using a local experienced contractor who said he could build a better water park with 2 indoor pools for 2 million dollars less. The 2 million dollar savings could fund the golf course for many years and provide the poor and average citizen with a beautiful golf outing at a reasonable price. We all remember The City Wire Article that said Flintco of Tulsa was investigated by the FBI and charged by the Attorney General for paying bribes of 2 million dollars to get construction projects. You should be asking the County Judge why he is wasting 2 million tax dollars to get less of a water park when he could put the 2 million dollars saved into your favorite golf course.

Huge Divot

Looks like 1Iron left a huge divot again trying to defend the huge waste of taxpayer money by some of his associates.

Your Phone Is Ringing 1Iron And

someone is calling you out on your in with the big spender County Judge who can't seem to balance the books and can't seem to manage the people's money that flows into the county purse. JP Looper is a real voice for the taxpayers and we thank him and The City Wire for shouting "fore" on your 1Iron slice into the crowd.