Paying off the Mulligans Bond- Save Mulligans’ Position Statement
Save Mulligans (savemulligans.com) is pleased with the outcome of the South Jordan City Mulligans survey that showed the majority of residents want to keep and preserve Mulligans. It mirrors the results of the poll conducted by Save Mulligans and shows consistency that residents want this priceless green space preserved.
Some members of the South Jordan City Council have recently suggested that the Mulligans bond be paid off in April 2015 and a conservation or recreation easement be placed on the property. By paying off the $4.8 million bond early it would save $1.6 million in interest over the next 15 years. It is suggested the easement would prevent development or any future council action for up to 90 years. On the surface this sounds like a good idea; however, there are many details and ramifications to be considered before a decision should be made.
If the Mulligans bond is paid off, it has been suggested that Mulligans would be expected to fund its own improvements. It is unprecedented to have a park or recreation facility pay for its own maintenance and improvements. Mulligans has been overlooked for 10 years for major improvements or upgrades, plus a great deal of maintenance has been deferred for several years. The city spent about $3 million in 2014 to upgrade and improve current parks and recreation, so why not make much needed improvements to Mulligans before paying off the bond? This family facility needs to be improved for the 2015 season.
Paying off the Mulligans bond may not be in the best interest of the city and the residents. Other important projects that need funding include a new fire station costing about $3.1 million to construct, with additional costs to purchase vehicles and provide staffing. The Gale Center, city hall, police station (a new one is needed), and recreation center also need upgrades and maintenance. Paying off the bond would save about $100,000 a year for the next 15 years. With 29,000 households as of 2009 (city-data.com), is less than $3 a year per household worth delaying other city needs?
If the bond were paid off, Mulligans would no longer be an Enterprise Fund. Would the city keep the Mulligans revenues for Mulligans, or would the city take those funds to use elsewhere?
It is unknown if a golf course, miniature golf, and batting cages can be placed under a conservation easement with Utah Lands. Putting an easement on the Mulligans property at this time with Utah Lands does not seem feasible for the preservation of Mulligans.
The South Jordan City Council should not be in a hurry to move forward with paying off the bond for Mulligans until after receiving the report from the Utah Golf Association and making the necessary improvements for the 2015 season. By taking a more detailed look at all the options (and there are many more) rather than being focused on a single option, the residents will be better served.
Thank you for participating in our survey. Look for the results in the November issue of the South Jordan Journal.
Go here for amazing aerial photography by Kelson Davies of this priceless resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaWUUgrQhFg
SAVE MULLIGANS is dedicated to raising awareness in the community about the plan for South Jordan City to develop Mulligans Golf Course and the surrounding areas. By raising awareness we hope residents will voice their concerns to city officials so we can preserve what makes South Jordan great.
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