Golf Course Roads are Not Burden for City

Dear Editor:

This is in response to a letter that appeared in The Independent on Nov. 29, 2012, which was submited by Mr. Tim Schwantz. Mr. Schwantz contended the acceptance by the City of Chewelah, of the road system serving the Chewelah golf course and the adjoining residences would cost the City “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to bring them up to City code.

The street system and the 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.

The City receives tax revenue as a share of the property taxes paid by the golf course residents to Stevens County. According to City officials, about 30 percent of the property tax revenue received by the city comes from the golf course area. The population of the golf course area is considerably less than 30 percent of the total tax paying population.

An additional consideration that Mr. Schwantz did not mention is that the golf course association that developed the golf course gave the city the balance of its road fund for road maintenance when the city initially took over the maintenance responsibility.

I recommend Mr. Schwantz consider the revenue and employment generated by the golf course and its residents as important and positive contributors to the Chewlelah economy before he again claims that the golf course receives preferential treatment to the detriment of the rest of the City.

Patrick Beckley