June 12, 2018 — Pima County Board of Supervisors voted today to release two Attorney-Client Privilege documents regarding tax implications for the Canoa Hills Golf Course, and Administrator Huckelberry’s withholding of information from other Board members.
Supervisor Miller requested the release of these documents for public inspection. The question remains: At what point does a golf course stop being a golf course when it is donated to a government entity?
GOLF COURSE vs. ROAD REPAIRS? You Guessed It!
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, a constituent provided me a copy of a memorandum from Administrator Huckelberry to County Attorney Andrew Flagg. The memo contained very important information regarding tax implications for the recently donated Canoa Hills Golf Course. This information appears to have been withheld from four Supervisors prior to the Board’s decision on April 17, 2018 to accept the golf course as a donation.
I have communicated my grave concerns to County Attorney Flagg regarding the withheld information and the $100,000 tax liability associated with the golf course. For more details read the following:
Supervisor Steve Christy, who represents District 4 where the abandoned golf course is located, made disparaging remarks about certain individuals spreading what he termed as “malicious and false information” about acceptance of the donation. Here’s what county Parks staff distributed in their memo to Administrator Huckelberry:
“MAINTENANCE OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE EXTREMELY COSTLY (FOR WHICH PARKS DEPARTMENT DOES NOT HAVE FUNDS), COMPLAINTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SIGNIFICANT (WHICH WILL LIKELY LEAD TO ILL WILL WITH THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY), AND IT DOES NOT FIT INTO ANY RECREATION OR CONSERVATION PLANS THAT [PARKS] HAS IN THE GREEN VALLEY AREA. THEREFORE, WE HAVE NO DESIRE TO ACCEPT THIS DONATION.”
Wonder if Supervisor Christy considers County Staff assessments “malicious” and aimed at spreading “false information?” Based on figures provided by Parks’ staff, open space projects cost $10,000 per mile to maintain per year with two cuttings per year. The Canoa Hills Golf Course consists of approximately 130 acres.
Question of the Day: How many golf courses in Pima County are now supported with taxpayer funds?
MISSING GOLF COURSE DOCUMENTS LOCATED
Part 4: Read County Attorney Flagg’s response to Supervisor Miller explaining the legality of Administrator Huckelberry to withhold information from Supervisors. The information withheld includes Huckelberry’s memo to Attorney Flagg directing him to inform the Assessor that no tax be levied on the Canoa Hills Golf Course.