A PROPOSAL by Killarney Golf and Fishing Club to introduce an emergency levy to counter the devastating financial impact of Covid-19 has been rejected by members, KillarneyToday.com can confirm.
The club’s management council asked members to vote on the plan for a €250 levy to be paid by all members, excluding juniors, in addition to their annual membership subscriptions.
“Covid-19 has had a significant negative impact on our financials, primarily due to lack of overseas travel,” the management council had said.
“We are heavily reliant on our international guests and, in their absence, we experience shortfalls. We envisage this negative impact will continue throughout 2021 and possibly into 2022,” the committee added.
A total of 903 members voted and the emergency levy proposal was defeated on by 476 votes to 427. The voting process was independently verified by barrister David Geoghegan.
The club estimated that overall income will be down by €892,500 on budgeted projections with projected losses of €54,989.
Green fee income, including the driving range, is expected to be down by €700,000 on budgeted projections while ancillary income from the golf shop, buggy and trolley hire and food and beverage is expected to be down by €137,500 on budgeted projections.
Projected budgets outline losses of €257,500 in 2021 and continued losses of €161,500 in 2022.
Another motion stating that, given the circumstances of this year, the club captain, lady captain and president will continue in their current positions through 2021 was passed by 835 votes to 68.
A motion that all members of the male and female club committees may serve again next year, without exceeding the five-year maximum outlined in the club constitution, was also passed by 809 votes to 94.
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