The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has something to say about Abbotsford’s recent decision to bail out the society that runs Ledgeview with a $115,000 grant. Jordan Bateman says cities should not be in the business of running golf courses.
“When you think about what you want your property tax dollars to go to, I think most of us would agree that things like roads, water, sewer, garbage collection…those are the things we pay our municipal taxes for. I’m not sure golf courses should be part of that.”
In January representatives from Ledgeview asked the City for a 250 thousand dollar fee for service to help offset the losses they were expecting. Things turned out to not be that dire, but Bateman says he agrees with city Councillor Henry Braun, who said we can’t solve every problem with property tax dollars. According to CTF numbers, in 2008, golf courses and country clubs in Canada brought in $2.5 billion…in 2010, that number had dropped by $48 million.