Tax returns show how much OS Golf Course makes

Though Curt Zander failed repeatedly to provide financial reports, as required by his lease with the city…

Excerpt from the city’s post-audit report

… Even so, there are ways of figuring out some of the golf course’s finances. A North Beach News review of the Ocean Shores Golf Course tax returns (provided promptly after a public records request to the city) shows a healthy revenue stream–for Zander, at least. The city, which owns the golf course, not only has been allowing him to operate with no lease payments, but, according to the OS budget pays half the “costs of professional services for the Golf Course’s annual tax return.” (Which makes such returns subject to public records requests.)

OS 2021-22 budget notes, golf course

In 2018, Zander’s operation showed a “gross profit” of nearly a half million dollars. Revenues and gross profit decreased in 2019, but only by a small amount.

In 2020, with pandemic shut downs elsewhere leading to a tourist boom in Ocean Shores, golf course revenue and gross profit rocketed by more than 20%.

Meanwhile, the salary Zander paid–to himself and to his wife, Tonya, the other officer in the corporation Ocean Shores Golf Course Inc.– jumped, from $91,512 in 2018 to $151,400 in 2020. Tonya Zander’s compensation more than doubled, from less than $25,000 to more than $62,000, while Curt Zander gave himself a raise, from $58,000 to $89,000.

With deductions of $575,375 matching income of $575,375…the golf course paid no federal tax. Deductions also matched income in 2019; again, this meant no federal income tax was owed. In 2018, deductions were $27,810 less than income, resulting in the golf course paying $5,967 in federal tax.

The following are excerpts from the Aberdeen CPA reports filed:

OS Golf Course salaries, 2020
Note from CPA
Excerpt from 2018 tax return
Excerpt from 2019 tax return
Excerpt from 2020 tax return

19 Comments

  1. Karen King says:

    The cost of this audit is outrageous! Did it go out for bid? How many bids were submitted? Who submitted the bids? What was the criteria for evaluating the bids? What cost for the audit was was submitted by each bidder? Did the city ask for this information? Is the city required to go out for bid since they paid half. Is the golf course included in the financial statements of the city? Is the city required to include the golf course as the city owns the land? Why didn’t the city or did the city go out for bid and require the contractor to pay half? Who in the city does the contract over site? How often does this individual oversee compliance of the contract? I’ll stop here.

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    1. Anonymous says:

      There is no competitive bid for something that is provided by the state. You should be way more outraged with Zander and the city on how this been Handled for years. Placing the citizens health and welfare in jeopardy by having an on qualified golf course operator replace a bridge and God knows what other work he has done. Does Mr. Zander Was this a professional engineers license? Is he a licensed plumbing contractor? Is he a licensed electrical contractor? All of these things are regulated and license by the state of Washington. The city has let Zander make hundreds of thousands of dollars while we the taxpayers foot the bill. Where is your outrage over this?

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      1. Peter B. Jordan says:

        Just a quick comment. There are 2 audits being discussed; the overall audit of O/S is required by the state and the city must pay according to how much time it takes. The other audit is a contractual audit of the golf course only and the city fathers/mothers decided to share costs. Whether that is a good idea should be looked at when the next opportunity for any contractual modification comes up for discussion. We all have learned that we need to be careful who we elect to have the right to indebt us; well, at least some of us have learned.

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      2. Mississippi Mike says:

        I am surprised that Curt and Tonya pay themselves so little compared to the hours they work. Curt works an average of 12 hours a day during peak season and that is 7 days a week. Tonya also works an average of 10 hours a day during peak season. During the winter months the hours might be slightly shorter, but the golf course is open 364 days a year. The only day it is closed is on Christmas Day. The bookkeeping needs to be done, bills need to be paid, and so much more. The course still needs attention to be properly maintained. If you are jealous of their salaries, then I suggest you job shadow them and how hard they work …. you won’t be able to keep up. By the way, what was the “net” profit? And before you get high and mighty, the State requires that they be paid prevailing wages for the irrigation work they did for phase 1 of the golf course which I am confident, caused the increase of wages. Before you blast the golf course, get your information and facts straight.

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      3. I don’t think this post complained about salaries or “blasted” the golf course. Just sharing information

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    2. anonymous says:

      Your nuts! Health and welfare of the citizen is in danger because of the golf course? Beam me up scotty.

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      1. Anonymous says:

        If the bridge collapsed or someone gets hurt due to shoddy work that was done by an incompetent person, who’s going to be responsible? Why are there rules, licenses and inspections required for work done in this and every state of the union? Keep your head buried deep in your happy place.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    You are totally incompetent. Gross income/sales is not profit. You have no idea how to read a tax return.

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    1. Anonymous says:

      I don’t understand why you say it’s not. No one said it is. But if you look 4 lines down it has the gross profit which is the gross sales minus expenses.

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    2. Palatik says:

      To the anonymoush person that said the bridge repair was a shoddy job done by an incompetent person.?.. you are an idiot. Do you even know the contractor that did the work? Do you even know that it was I specter by then state? If anyone is incompetent.?. It is you. What an unintelligent statement on your behalf.

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      1. Anonymous says:

        Hi,

        Thanks for you’re hateful reply. I read that Zander did the work in exchange for no rent payment till May of 2022. Does Zander have a Professional engineers license in the state of Washington? Was it inspected by the state? Why don’t you do a Little research before you look like an idiot. Have a nice night.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a false and incorrect report. If you are going to make a point, then do so correctly. This misleads readers. Gross income/sales is NOT a profit.

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    1. Anonymous says:

      Not a tax expert by a long shot, but I do understand simple math. Big salary increases, no financial reports, trading rent to preform work he is not qualified or licensed in the state of Washington to do? Who are you trying to mislead?

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    2. Just quoting the return line “gross profit”

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  4. Mississippi Mike says:

    I am surprised that Curt and Tonya pay themselves so little compared to the hours they work. Curt works an average of 12 hours a day during peak season and that is 7 days a week. Tonya also works an average of 10 hours a day during peak season. During the winter months the hours might be slightly shorter, but the golf course is open 364 days a year. The only day it is closed is on Christmas Day. The bookkeeping needs to be done, bills need to be paid, and so much more. The course still needs attention to be properly maintained. If you are jealous of their salaries, then I suggest you job shadow them and how hard they work …. you won’t be able to keep up. By the way, what was the “net” profit? And before you get high and mighty, the State requires that they be paid prevailing wages for the irrigation work they did for phase 1 of the golf course which I am confident, caused the increase of wages. Before you blast the golf course, get your information and facts straight.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Mississippi Mike, Zander states he did not have to pay prevailing wages as he was the owner and doing all the work himself. That’s why he was so incredible low from all the other bidders.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Phase 1 of the irrigation work was done under turf care and not the golf course. Should have nothing to do with this.

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    1. Turf Care is the golf course; well, it is Mr Zander’s other business, so different name and federal employer identification number, but same owner. The money went to the lowest bidder, who happened to be Curt Zander.

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  7. Peter B. Jordan says:

    I’m surprised that this subject has so much interest when there are so many other things that need attention that add up to a hell of a lot more money. How about the shoddy road “rebuild” that cost 44.5 million, is failing fast and is millions behind in required maintenance? How about the increasingly poor condition of the waterways which will take millions to fix? How about the proposed multi million dollar “tsunami tower” that will serve few even if it could withstand a tsunami? How about the lack of recommended and necessary upgrades in the convention center? How about the continuing lack of access and a water source for fire safety to the west of the motels? How about the continual growth in staff size with no linear growth in services? To name a few of my favorite burrs. Each of these involves more money than any golf course issues to date that I have read about. While there certainly are areas in the golf issue that could have and should have been done better, how about we also look at those things that will really cost millions. It seems we are down to blaming those who try to shed the light on problems while we blindly ignore much more expensive ones.

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