Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ask a former bodybuilding governor where to find some extra money and it’s no surprise he picks on the club-swinging girlie men.
Facing a $11 billion budget deficit, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a state golf tax. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that details of the plan are murky, but it sounds like a sales tax on greens fees. The trouble is, golfers still don't know exactly what they're fighting because the proposal is written so vaguely. It says: Effective February 1, 2009, the sales and use tax rate will be applied to appliance and furniture repair, vehicle repair, golf, and veterinarian services. That rate would be 8.75 percent if the governor's proposed three-year sales tax increase of 1.5 percent also is passed. Of course, the golf industry in California, and elsewhere, is struggling, as are most industries these days, and some in the business claim golf is being singled out as “a rich man’s sport.” “I think it's a cheap shot,” said Rex Cole, general manager and director of golf at the Cottonwood Golf Course in El Cajon. “It's the wrong time right now. Golf courses are really struggling; golf professionals are struggling.” If things get really bad, maybe Cole can ask the governor for a bailout.

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