A majority of Sumner residents who returned a survey about the future of the city’s golf course said they don’t use it and want the city to pursue selling it.
The 18-hole course, called Sumner Meadows Golf Links, sits on the city’s north end. It opened about 17 years ago, and although use lately is on the upswing the course doesn’t generate enough money to cover the debt incurred for the land and construction.
The city has been subsidizing it – something it can’t afford to keep doing, city officials have said.
Here’s a snapshot of survey results:
/n A total of 357 people returned surveys, which went out to all Sumner mailboxes.
n Of those, all but 10 identified themselves as Sumner residents, and 292 – nearly 82 percent of respondents – said they don’t use the course.
n A total of 278 people – nearly 80 percent – said they want the city to pursue selling the course to get out of debt, even if it means the land might be developed. The other option was to keep it, with the possibility property taxes might go up to pay for it.
n Sixty-five percent of those who wanted to keep it said they want the open space.
n Of those who wanted to sell, a total of 184 people, or nearly 65 percent, said their top reason was they don’t want higher property taxes.
n Those who wanted to sell ranked paying off the debt as their top preference for the proceeds, followed by finishing trails, finishing Riverbend Park and buying other land for open space.