Sub par

Our water utility owns a golf course out in northeast El Paso.

I’m not sure how a golf course is consistent with their mission.

Wanting to know how they are doing financially with the golf course I took a look at their comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for 2016 and 2017.

Struck out

According to the CAFR:   “The assets, liabilities, and results of operations [of the golf course] are included in
these financial statements as part of the Water and Wastewater Utility Fund.

In other words “none of your business”.  The report provides no information about the golf course finances.

We deserve better


4 Responses to Sub par

  1. Hector says:

    Painted Dunes is an outstanding example of a very low water use golf course. I play there. It’s normally busy.
    It seems to me that this blog has simply turned into a place for people to complain and bitch rather than a place to exchange ideas. No matter what city you live in, there will be areas that need attention and improvement. But I don’t think continually complaining and feeding on each other’s anger ever solves a problem.
    I’m sure there will be comments of outrage about El Paso Water and the golf course. Anyone with a keyboard can write a scathing comment. That takes no talent. But, really, is that productive?


    • anonymous says:

      Are you the arbiter of talent and what constitutes exchange of ideas?

      The city and county a real talent for wasting money and city council, county court, and the city and county staffs have a real talent for spending other people’s money.

      Maybe if the city council were willing to spend more time listening at their meetings, people wouldn’t need to vent on blogs.


    • abandon hope says:

      I’m not against PD. We pay for it, you know. What’s wrong with transparancy?


  2. good governance oxymoron says:

    I believe Painted Dunes is actually part of a flood control plan in the NE which is definitely part of the PSB mission and why it is folded into that fund.

    Although the media reported PD, along with all the other golf courses in town, private and public, are not profitable they failed to report that PD’s primary purpose is functional to mitigate storm water runoff.

    PD is a very nice club, maintained well, serves a functional purpose which generates a revenue stream to help offset the cost plus it is a nice amenity for the NE. IMHO cost/benefit is a no-brainer.

    If you look at the satellite you can see the direction of the water runoff pathways into the various fairways.,-106.4121993,6013m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x86e75309b2d1170b:0xc43cfa70d3ef1194!8m2!3d31.9541118!4d-106.4008379?hl=en

    Golf courses are an excellent vehicle for dual purpose uses for mitigating water runoff. Most people are unware that the Vista Del Sol County Club Golf Course is actually a big storm water pond.

    I wish they would convert all the big holes into something as nice.


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