Thursday, February 1, 2007

City of Bend: LET IT BE

Todays Bulletin holds yet another nugget on how fastidiously the City looks after our tax dollars (if the City Bus fiasco just wasn't enough). Entitled, Bend golf course sees greener days ahead - Mountain High is being restored after several years without water, the story paints a tale of woe... or it it WHOA!

Seems Mountain High developer Jan Ward could no longer water the gold courses on the North side of his China Hat road development when the City condemned his water facilities. Welp, it only took a few years before courses went to pot and homeowners sued to have the course restored. Judge Titkin also has a little surprise for the City:

Tiktin ordered the city to pay Ward nearly $6.7 million last year for the water system, plus interest and attorneys' fees, ruling that it acted in bad faith when it condemned his water system in 2002 and offered too little to compensate him for it. The two sides are still wrestling over the amount of attorneys' fees, but the final bill is expected to total around $12 million, including the city's own legal expenses to fight the case.

So we, the lucky taxpayers, have the privledge of paying a developer almost $19 MILLION plus interest to rebuild a gold course that the developer states was losing "around $150,000 a year".

That's probably well North of $20,000,000 going to build a money losing golf course. It could have gone to building a homeless shelter. Nay, a homeless palace. Maybe gussied up a road or two. Or just about anything. Just about anything would be better than paying the legal fees to compensate some developer to rebuild a white elephant golf course so a few homeowners can bask in it's property raising munificence.

What a load of crap.

8 comments:

The Corrector said...

I think the $12 million is inclusive of the $6.7 million, so the $19/20 million remark might be off base.

IHateToBurstYourBubble said...

Seems ambiguous... It says $6.7MM plus legal fees plus interest. Then it says both sides are wrangling over legal fees, "but the final bill is expected to toal $12MM", which sounds like they are referring only to the legal fees. The sentence structure seems to indicate the first part of the paragraph is soley talking about damages, while the second is only legal fees. Hard to tell.

I would put to you that even $12MM + interest is TOO MUCH to rebuild a stupid golf course, though. Even 1/10th that. Ridiculous that citizens of Bend are paying for this. Naturally, the biggest beneficiary are lawyers.

Anonymous said...

Uh ... I know this is only the blogosphere, but please try to get some facts right. The total expected bill is inclusive of the $6.7 million ... And the $12 million is intended to compensate Ward for the value of the water system that the city condemned, plus the legal fees for battling said condemnation, as the story clearly states.

About $1 million of the total judgment was earmarked, by the court, to rebuild 9 holes of the golf course, since the court accepted Ward's claim that he stopped watering it as a direct result of the condemnation of his water system.

Anyway, no one is paying anyone $12 million to "rebuild a stupid golf course," although that does make your rant sound better.

Paul-doh! said...

Anyway, no one is paying anyone $12 million to "rebuild a stupid golf course," although that does make your rant sound better.

Blah, blah, blah...

Read it. It's NOT clearly stated.

$12 million is intended to compensate Ward

So the City is paying this guy $12MM for losing the "use" of a golf course that loses $150K/yr.?

Maybe you don't get it: I don't have anything against this Ward guy. I think he was harmed. My beef is that the stupid City took action that cost taxpayers $12MM, $20MM, or some other enormous amount for the "lost use" of a golf course.

My beef isn't with Ward or the homeowners, but the lawyers in the case made out like bandits and taxpayers are going to foot the bill because of a bonehead move by the City.

I hope this thing is appealed though, and Ward is given the $ to rebuild the course (he deserves that), but whatever over and above that should be closely scrutinized, because there is one hell of an argument for the idea that closing the course actually saved him $150K/yr. Homeowners who sold during that time probably suffered MORE losses than any other party, and THEY should be hunted down & compensated.

Anonymous said...

Pulling a sentence fragment to make it mean what you want it to mean?

Good God. There's a place in the Bush Administration for you people.

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Anonymous said...

Thasher if I have my way we will build condos right in back of your place on the 1st tee right where the lake used to be. Rest assured your property values will go through the roof with the redevelopment of BT. Imagine that you will be living in Central Oregons Disneyland. Ya know - ice rink, ferris wheel, all your favorite high end foo foo shops. Live is grand.

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