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Grenada City Council members Lewis Johnson, left and Warren Cox flank City Financial Director Carl Bevell during a work session for the 2012-13 budget on Thursday. Staff photo / Galen Holley
 
By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer

   Low golf revenue and consideration of aging water infrastructure topped the agenda Thursday as the Grenada City Council finished its budget projections for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
   The budget proposal does not include raises for city employees
   “The golf course (Dogwoods) is not quite generating the revenue it needs to,” said City Finance Director Carl Bevell the day after the budget meeting.
   The city will supplement the course’s revenue with $188,000 in next year’s budget.
   Membership could improve, Bevell said. A basic membership is $150 per month, which includes unlimited access to the course and use of a cart. According to Bevell, Dogwoods has 22 members who paid their annual dues up front. Around 50 golfers pay on a monthly basis and the rest of the revenue comes from those who pay as they play and from sources like sales at the pro shop, Bevell said.
   An 18-hole green fee and cart costs $49 for those who simply walk on.
   “Dogwoods is a great bargain and one of the finest courses in its price range in the state,” said Bevell.
   The 18-hole course was rated best new value in the nation for a public course under $75 by Golf Digest in 2007.

   For complete details, read the print edition or subscribe to the online edition of the GrenadaStar.


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