Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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118 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 Mid-Atlantic Chase Rogan Pennsylvania has a budget deficit, and the golf industry could suffer the con- sequences. The state's General Assembly is considering expanding sales tax to encompass "amusement and recreational activities." This would include — you guessed it — green fees. Other businesses subject to the tax include (but are not limited to) amusement parks, bowling alleys, marinas, car trade-ins, personal care services (what?), RV and camping sites, and movie downloads. In most areas of the state, this tax would total 6 percent, with exceptions of 7 percent in Allegheny County and 8 percent in Philadelphia. In short, this tax would mean higher costs for our customers. The Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association is drafting a letter to oppose this taxation, and our Pennsylvania Golf Course Superintendents Association logo will be included on the document to support this opposition. Our main argument is that the golf industry continues to struggle for participants and their discretionary income. The addition of the sales tax would make golf more expensive to the consumer, and the con - sumer would in turn play less often, if at all, which is something the golf industry in Pennsylvania cannot afford. Furthermore, some golf courses are already subject to a local amusement tax, so the inclusion of a state sales tax would be double taxation. When voicing opposition to such issues to state legislators, sharing our industry's positive attributes is important. For example, Pennsylvania's 663 golf courses employ approximately 30,000 people. Likewise, the golf industry is responsible for nearly $2 billion in direct economic impact in Pennsylvania. While an official date for a vote on this issue hasn't been set, you can take action by calling or emailing your state legislators to express your opposition. To find out who your representative is, go to www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyour legislator. Explain why we oppose this tax, the consequences it could have for our industry, and the economic value golf brings to Pennsylvania. It's always beneficial to drive your point home by making it local. Share how many individuals your course employs and other pertinent information that highlights the effect this change could have in that representative's district. As the old saying goes, "All politics is local." For the latest updates from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, go to www.gcsaa.org/ community/regions. (in the field) March 16 — New York State Turf- grass Association's Adirondack Regional Conference, High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, N.Y. Phone: 518-783-1229 Contact: www.nysta.org March 21 — American Seed Trade Association California Seed Association Annual Convention, Silverado Resort, Napa, Calif. Contact: www.amseed.org/calendar- of-events To fnd out whether you can receive education points for any of these upcoming programs, go to the External Education Listings in the Education section of www.gcsaa.org. ——— We want to know about your event in advance. To submit an entry for "Coming Up," please send your information fve to six months before you'd like to see it in the magazine. We run event information for three months. Send a contact name if all details are not fnal. Contact Golf Course Management, Attention: Coming Up, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049; 785-832-3638; fax: 785-832-3665; email: hrichman@gcsaa.org. ON THE MOVE ARIZONA Kent A. McCutcheon, formerly (Supt. Mbr.) at Las Vegas Country Club, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Tucson Country Club in Tucson. Barry S. Nyquist, formerly (Supt. Mbr.) at Arizona Country Club, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye. ( i

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