Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sligo Creek course supporters protest management fee - Gazette

Fee unfairly high for small course, they say

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer | Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

The Sligo Creek Golf Course can remain open past its scheduled closing date of Oct. 1 without using county funds, says a newly formed nonprofit group dedicated to saving the course.

The organization's proposal centers on a management fee charged by the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, which is scheduled to operate the Silver Spring course until Oct. 1 before handing operations back to the landowner, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Each of the Revenue Authority's nine golf courses was charged a $139,000 management fee in fiscal 2008 for costs associated with the authority's home office in Rockville, such as insurance fees, marketing fees and the salaries of 10 employees, said Executive Director Keith Miller.

"In essence, it's a bookkeeping fee. It pays for nothing at the golf course itself," said Merrill Goozner, the treasurer for Sligo Creek Golf Association Inc., a nonprofit group of residents who want to save the course. "… When you realize that's what it is, you say ‘Wow, how can you attribute this to every course the same?' "

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