Regarding the letter in The Independent (Dec. 27) by Patrick Beckley. This was in response to my letter about the CG&CC and the economic burden it has been and will be for all the residents of Chewelah.
Mr. Beckley states: “The street system and utilities systems at the golf course are newer than the downtown area. Therefore, I believe maintenance and/or reconstruction of these systems in the downtown area will be required sooner and more often than those at the golf course.”
Mr. Beckley missed the whole point! The last of these roads at the Golf Course are not up to City code, plain and simple. The developers of CG&CC are responsible for these roads and systems – not the City or the residents. When the infrastructure of the development is in compliance with City ordinances then the City takes them over. This did not happen at the Golf Course.
Mr. Beckley states: “About 30 percent of the property tax revenue received by the City comes from the golf course area.” Yes, the tax assessment comes from the County and everyone is taxed equally according to the value of their real estate. If you own a more expensive home you pay more. I’m afraid what this Golf Course resident means; he’s better than us Chewelah south residents because they all live in more expensive homes.
Mr. Beckley also talks about the Golf Course turned over the balance of money from their budget to help maintain these roads. Then take care of your own roads and bring them into compliance. The truth of it is they did not have enough money or they would fix it themselves.
Mr. Beckley also talks about the revenue and employment generated by the Golf Course. If that is true, why is there such an economic crisis at the Golf Course? Safeway and the schools create jobs and economic revenue. Does the City maintain and build their infrastructure? NO!