Opinion: NFL Sacks Taxpayers with Stadium Subsidies
by Drew Johnson, The Washington Times September 2014
The start of a new professional football season Thursday night provided a stark reminder that taxpayers have contributed heavily to the success of the National Football League, with billions in subsidies for new stadiums and even more construction projects on the horizon.
Town Council Split Over Tax Hike for Recreation
by Jennifer Berry Hawes; email@example.com September 2014
Just days after residents packed a public input meeting to support large future recreation hubs, Town Council committees on Tuesday debated last-minute plans to raise property taxes to fund major recreation projects.
Woman Guilty of Robbing YMCA's Emergency Cash Fund
by Joe Macenka August 2014
A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing an employee of the Northside Family YMCA and forcing her to take money from the business's emergency cash box. Ashley D. Coles, 31, entered her plea to a single count of robbery in an appearance before Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley B. Cavedo, who scheduled sentencing for Oct. 29.
Source: Cubs Cut Grounds Crew Hours to Skirt Benefits
by Gordon Wittenmyer, Staff Reporter August 2014
Thanks a lot, Obama. Add the Affordable Care Act - specifically, the Cubs' response to it - to the causes behind the tarp fiasco Tuesday and the rare successful protest by the San Francisco Giants.
Taxpayer Dollars to Help Support YMCA Pool's Operation
by Zac Anderson August 2014
The Sarasota Family YMCA will receive ongoing support from county taxpayers to operate a swimming pool that has become an emerging sports tourism attraction. Sarasota County commissioners agreed to budget up to $50,000 next year and $200,000 annually through 2024 to help operate the Selby Aquatic Center, which has been running a $303,306 deficit.
Crown-Removal Could Boost WVU Turf Project to $3.5M
by Mike Casazza August 2014
The 2014 season will be the last season for the artificial turf at Mountaineer Field. West Virginia has one last chance to add to the legacy of a surface that's so far seen a 36-11 record, three Big East champions, one perfect home record, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Brian Kelly, Gene Chizik, Pat White, Bruce Irvin, Tavon Austin, 70-63, 66-21 and 13-9. The turf's shelf life is eight to 10 years and the athletic department is prepared to spend somewhere between $1.8 million and $3.5 million on a replacement, the low end for installing just new turf, the high end for first removing the crown beneath the field and putting down the new green stuff. Considering how rare crowns are and how much coaches don't like them, WVU is preparing for the high end.
Ohio Boys' Basketball Tournament Netted $917K Profit
by Marc Pendleton August 2014
Ohio high schools are No. 3, and that's a good thing. With 821 schools in the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Buckeye state trails only California and Texas for most member schools among respective state high school associations.
Town Considers Private Help for Public Golf Courses
by Jay Rey; News Staff Reporter August 2014
The Town of Amherst is once again considering privatizing its three public golf courses in hopes of cutting costs and stemming mounting losses.
City's New Parks Director Knows How to Stretch a Budget
by Alicia Robinson staff writer, The Orange County Register August 2014
If anyone is equipped to make do with Riverside's lean, post-recession budget, it's the city's new parks director, Adolfo Cruz. The past 14 years of Cruz's 24 years in parks and recreation were spent in Stockton, which is about to exit a bankruptcy that began in 2012.
Nonrevenue Sports Could Lose if NCAA Amateurism Ends
by Matthew Piper The Salt Lake Tribune August 2014
If football and men's basketball players are to have a greater share of the revenue pie, then somebody else's slice must get thinner.