City Director of Public Services and Engineering Cliff Maurer remarked in last week’s Eagle Journal that the Golf Course Modernization Project had a capital cost of $25 million. That was very misleading. 

The City’s own 2018 Feasibility Report on this project states that the capital costs for the sewage reclamation construction is $24,140,000 for Scenario A (0.75 Million Gallons per Day) and $26,670,000 for Scenario B (1.0 MGD). These costs don’t include the capital cost of the new turf facility and golf course modification, which are another $4,100,000. So the capital costs of the “Modernization Project” are $28,240,000 (Scenario A) or $30,770,000 (Scenario B), not $25 million that Maurer stated. These are in 2018 dollars and don’t include the extra costs of earthquake- and flood-proofing the buildings which weren’t considered.

The City has already spent $800,000 directly on this controversial project since just 2017. The City staff and Council need to present honest estimates of the projected costs, in today’s dollars and before spending more taxpayer money.

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