Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Municipal golf rates on agenda

Middletown considers tax break

BY Janet C. Wetzel
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — Golfers will have a chance to voice their opinions about proposed rate increases for Weatherwax Golf Course before city commissioners vote today.

        A public hearing on the increases will start the regular business meeting at 6:30 p.m. The work session begins at 5 p.m.

        During the business meeting, commissioners also will consider a proposed 75 percent, five-year tax break for Magnode Corp., Trenton.

        The company wants to expand into the Middletown Area Development Enterprises industrial park on Yankee Road, said Neal Barille, city development director.

        Magnode's estimated $11 million project would include a 60,000-square-foot building for a large extrusion press and related equipment. It would bring 35 new full-time jobs to the city.

        “They hope to start the project this summer and be finished in about 22 months,” Mr. Barille said.

        As for golf rates, the city staff will recommend that greens fees be increased by $2 for 18 holes of golf and $1 for the cart. The increases would be half of that for a nine-hole round and cart, said Preston Combs, city public works director.

        A second recommendation is to increase greens fees by $2 for 18 holes for weekends only in 2001, and half of that for nine holes.

        Even with the increases, the municipal course would be well below many area golf course, officials said.

        “And we'll recommend we use the extra revenue for some capital improvements on the course, bathrooms and cart paths,” Mr. Combs said.

        But plans for the capital improvements will be delayed until fall when revenues are evaluated, he said.


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