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Crystal Lake Basketball Association criticized for director pay

Leader gets $20K a year, other officials get zero, says referee

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 12:18 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 9, 2014 3:13 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – A referee with the Crystal Lake Basketball Association has criticized the organization for failing to pay its scorekeepers and officials while the director brings in a roughly $20,000 salary.

Recent 990 tax return forms show league director Robert McIntyre was paid $22,790 in 2011 and $19,705 in 2012 compared with practices in other youth leagues, such as the Cary Basketball Association, where no board members or directors were paid.

While scorekeepers and officials in the Crystal Lake Basketball Association were paid in 2011 and 2012, they were not paid this fiscal year. Michael Citrano, an Illinois High School Association referee who also works with the Crystal Lake and Cary basketball associations, said it was a poor practice while the organization has financially struggled over the last few years.

“Shame on you,” Citrano wrote to McIntyre in an email. “I thought that this was about the kids. No wonder the program is broke.”

McIntyre has been involved in local youth basketball programs for 23 years – including helping launch the Cary association – and told referees and scorekeepers in an email it is the first time he was unable to pay the workers and was working hard to find the funds to compensate them.

In the email, McIntyre said the league had its rent raised twice and was forced to take an insurance policy that has cost $1,300 each of the past four years. The decision not to raise the program fee over $20 per participant in an effort to keep it affordable has kept revenues level while expenses increased, he wrote.

McIntyre declined to comment when reached by phone.

The Crystal Lake Basketball Association is in tough financial condition, with $16,363 of debt in total assets. The Cary Basketball Association has $33,379 in total assets.

Citrano, who has worked for both associations, said it would be difficult for McIntyre to find people to work as scorekeepers or officials while Cary offers a better alternative.

“The Cary basketball program paid zero dollars to all its board members,” he said. “Class act program.”

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