Officially Union County claimed to have made a profit of $680,853 in 2012 but the check registries tell a different story.
Kemper Sports Management (KSM), a private company, manages county golf operations primarily so most golf workers (though not the head of golf operations) no longer get the gold-plated pension and heath insurance benefits that come with public employment. The county kindly posts their check registries on www.ucnj.org so it’s a simple matter to check how much KSM and the other golf vendors got paid in 2012. As for income figures, we must believe the county since there is no revenue registry.
For KSM that number came to $4,224,630.76 that they got from the county in 2012 for all services, including construction management.
Even though KSM manages the courses the county still picks up a lot of expenses. For 2012 that came to $609,884.75 including $300,000 paid to the Union County Improvement Authority for something called ” Start Up Funds for Golf”.
Then there’s that building going on around Exit 138 of the Parkway. Since the county is not listing any amortization figure for 2012 we have to assume that the full cost of the new clubhouse applies to the year in which Claremont Construction, campaign donor to UC Democratic candidates, is being paid – $10,461,698.28 in 2012 alone.
Interestingly enough the county says the cost of utilities were $159,036 for both courses in 2012 though when they wanted to close down Oak Ridge in 2009 they estimated (i.e. lied about) the cost of utilities for Oak Ridge alone as being $200,000. Is it the solar panels?
Put it all together and it comes to a net loss of $11,249,362.79 for 2012 with many, many more red numbers coming, especially with the UCIA’s involvement – right Linden taxpayers?