Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:46

Chipping in with a comment on the golf course issue

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In the article concerning the Elmwood Golf Course (Prairie Post, Sept. 30, Page 10), the Mayor had the following sentence, “As comparison, Chinook Golf Course was originally built and then expanded at 100 per cent cost to the taxpayer”
I presume the Mayor did not want to leave the impression that it was the Swift Current taxpayers that provided these funds, for to quote Shakespeare, “he is an honourable man.”
As a member of the City Parks and Recreation Board, previous to and during the expansion of Chinook Golf Course to 18 holes, we were instructed by the City Council of those years to plan and budget for the expansion. We were them to make recommendations to the City Council and most of those recommendations were subsequently acted upon.
Funding was to come from an annual Park and Recreation Grant received by the City, from the Province of Saskatchewan Government.
The grant was for the sole purpose of development maintenance of park and recreation in the City.
These provincial grants were used to pay for the Chinook Golf Course.
The course was paid for by the taxpayers, but it was provincial taxpayer paying most of the cost, not City of Swift Current taxpayers.
Len Menzies, Swift Current, Sask.

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