Move forward with golf course funding
I think a public golf course, along with a driving range, is a positive project for Glenwood Springs. In the past, recreational opportunities for our citizens have come at a financial cost to the city. How forward thinking is it to propose a revenue-producing project that would cover the recreational needs of the community for many years to come?
The city has taken it upon itself to provide their citizens with all the recreational amenities they have requested, without the burden of additional taxation. Once in place, a golf course will immediately generate income, and the Certificates of Participation bonds will be repaid through a revenue stream (landfill monies) that the city already has in place.
Not only will we personally benefit from these opportunities, but our community may receive an economic boost, giving visitors reasons to “stay an extra day.” Businesses, represented by our chamber, have said they need the facilities to host conventions in Glenwood. In order to attract a convention-type hotel, our community needs an 18-hole golf course.
Although I also support a performing arts center, I question Jan Girardot’s statement that it would be a “source of revenue.” Cities much bigger than Glenwood must subsidize their art centers and often depend on endowment and foundation monies to keep them afloat.
I urge everyone to get their facts straight, envision what is best for Glenwood Springs and support council in their pursuit of the golf course package with the COPs as the funding mechanism. Let’s move forward!
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