The city released a request for proposals, looking for a contractor to improve the operation, maintenance and financial performance of its public golf courses. A member of the Tucson Greens Committee says the city has two years to cover expenses and come up with a plan to pay back the general fund, which is around $6 million.
The City of Tucson (Ariz.) is seeking qualified and experienced individuals or businesses to provide management of Tucson city golf courses, Tucson, Ariz.-based KVOA News 4 reported.
The City of Tucson released a request for proposals looking for a contractor to improve the operation, maintenance and financial performance of the city’s five public golf courses, News 4 reported.
Cyril Shettleroe with the Tucson Greens Committee said the request for proposal of privatization may not be the best option for the city’s golf program.
“I think they’re covering all of their bases and looking at all the options that I think anybody would have to do,” Shettleroe said.
The best thing for Tucson City Golf, Shettleroe said, is to increase revenue by continuing to get golfers out to the facilities, News 4 reported.
“They’ve got two years to cover their expenses with their own revenues and to come up with a plan to pay back the general fund,” said Shettleroe.
The general fund is around $6 million, Shettleroe said. If Tucson City Golf does not come up with a plan to cover their running costs and pay back the fund, the city could call for privatization, News 4 reported.
Kevin Meade, a local golfer, isn’t too concerned about a possible management change as long as course conditions and prices stay reasonable.
“If the costs remained the same and the level of course conditions stay the same, then I don’t think it will have an effect on players,” said Meade.
The City of Tucson is taking proposals through February 27, 2013, News 4 reported.