If the 1 percent sales tax proposed for recreation improvement doesn't include a municipal golf course, what means does the city propose to use for this recreational need, and when?
The proposed 1 percent sales tax does not include plans for a municipal golf course. Instead, the tax would finance $12.2 million in parks improvements, such as a new community recreation center in Centennial Park and expansion of the East Lawrence Recreation Center.
That doesn't mean the municipal golf course is dead. It is included in the city's Parks and Recreation Master Plan, upon which the $12.2 million in parks improvements are based.
The golf course would cost $4.025 million, according to the plan, and would be financed by revenue bonds. That means user fees -- for green fees and other services at the course -- would finance the entire project.
The plan says that a course could be developed within three to five years.
The Lawrence City Commission has adopted the master plan, but has not yet committed any money to building a municipal golf course.