Plan to increase annual funding for Rochester golf courses by $500,000

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – The Rochester City Council may soon be asked to provide $250,000 in tax levy funding each year to support the city’s golf courses.

A plan due to be presented to the Rochester Park Board next Tuesday calls for a combination of fee increases and proposed tax increases to provide $500,000 each year to fund capital improvement projects involving golf courses and pay operating expenses. $400,000 annually would be dedicated to funding improvement projects and $100,000 allocated to staffing and other operational expenses.

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The proposed fee increases would increase the cost of a season pass for the four municipal golf courses by 20% next year, followed by a 14% increase in 2024, a 12% jump in 2025, then by 3% in 2026 and 2027. The daily rate for a round of golf would increase by 10% next year, 8% in 2024 and 3% in the following three years.

This would increase green fees, without a golf cart, from $32 currently to $35 next year, and to just over $37 by 2027. The cost of a regular season pass would increase by around $160 next year and by 2027 would cost nearly $1300. Currently, a regular single-adult pass costs just under $800.

If the plan is approved, the Rochester City Council would be asked to include the $250,000 funding and tax levies in the city’s 2024 budget. The presentation of the proposal to the Park Board will take place next Tuesday at a meeting beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Hall of the Center for Development and Infrastructure Services along West River Parkway Northwest.

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