Local Government

Some fees to climb at Westview Golf Course in 2018

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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 11:00 pm

QUINCY -- Some golfers at Westview Golf Course will pay higher fees in 2018.

The Quincy Park Board approved the new fee structure at the 27-hole public golf course Wednesday night after more than 20 minutes of discussion.

All season pass prices will rise by $20, raising an adult season pass to $730 and a senior season pass to $630. Junior season and summer passes will climb $5, to $255 and $15, respectively.

Green fees for 18 holes will increase $1, to $22. Nine-hole green fees will remain at $16. Family night passes for parents will go up to $8 from $6. Green fee punch cards for nine holes will increase by $20, to $220 for a 20-punch card and $140 for a 10-punch card.

Cart fees on holes 19 through 27 will increase $1 for nine holes to $6 and $2 for 18 holes to $12.

Director of Golf David Morgan said the fees will help maintain the course and offset likely sewer costs the Park District expects the city to tack on starting next year. Morgan estimated the fee increases would generate about $12,500 for the season.

"Fortunately for me, I've had two really great years, and obviously that reflects because we're running in the black," Morgan said. "I don't know what's going to happen next year from a weather standpoint, but we're running pretty thin right now."

He said fees have not been increased in four years, and staff hours have been reduced this year.

Park Board Vice President John Frankenhoff, who initially made a motion to reject the fee increases before rescinding it, said that with Westview projected to finish the fiscal year $92,000 in the black, it was hard to support higher fees with fewer rounds being played.

"If we're ever going to get more people back out at the course, I think pricing is a factor to me," Frankenhoff said. "I wish there was some way to get the number of rounds back up to where we're meeting our mission of providing recreation for people."

Morgan's report to the board showed about 2,000 fewer rounds of golf have been played through October this year compared with the same period in 2016, when 35,279 rounds were played. Westview also was closed 51 days in 2016, as opposed to 25 days this year.

Frankenhoff also noted that Morgan initially didn't request a fee increase when all district fees were presented to the board last month.

After the board wouldn't move on installing video gaming machines in the Westview pro shop during that meeting, Morgan told commissioners that he would need to look at fee hikes.

Commissioner Sara Reuschel said continuing to explore other options for golfers, such as twilight specials, will help the course bring in more people and the proposed fee increases shouldn't have much effect.

"Raising a price by a couple of bucks I don't think is going to deter people from playing a round of golf," Reuschel said.

The Park Board also agreed to increase daily admission to Indian Mounds Pool by 25 cents to $4.75 for youths, seniors and veterans, and to $5.25 for adults. Individual and family season passes will climb $5, to $55 and $170, respectively.

The board also agreed to raise shelter fees by $5, to $35 for gatherings of 100 people or fewer; batting cage tokens by 25 cents, to $2.75 for four tokens; and miniature golf by 25 cents, to $4.75 for a youth and $5.50 for teen and adult rounds. Paddleboat and kayak rentals will climb 25 cents, to $5.25 per half-hour and $7.75 per half-hour, respectively, and bike rental fees will also rise 25 cents, to $5.25 per hour and $12.25 for three hours.

Slip fees at Art Keller Marina will climb 5 cents per square foot or $10 for the annual rental of a 20-by-10-foot slip at $600, and trailer storage fees will increase $5, to $80.

Commissioners also agreed to self-fund the $900,000 general obligation bond for 2018 capital projects at an annual interest rate of 1.9 percent. The ordinance to sell the bonds will go before the board next month.

The board approved a $2.561 million property tax levy for operations, which is up about $116,000 from last year. The tax rate is projected to be about 38.72 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, which is slightly lower than last year's rate.

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