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Golf rates may go up at Antelope Hills

PRESCOTT - Rates at Prescott's Antelope Hills Golf Course could be going up soon, depending on the direction of the Prescott City Council.

The rates at the municipal golf course will be among the issues that council members will discuss Tuesday during a workshop at 3 p.m., at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

Antelope Hills Manager Mack McCarley reported Friday that an evaluation of the golf rates began soon after the council discussed the golf course's budget during the recent series of city budget workshops.

At that time, McCarley said, "We were requested to review all of our rate structure."

The council discussed the golf course's budget in December 2011 and learned that because revenues have been unable to meet all of the Antelope Hills expenses, the golf course fund has been in debt to the city's general fund for much of the past decade. City numbers showed that the course's debt to the general fund stood at about $3.4 million at that time.

As a part of their evaluation, McCarley said golf officials compiled a comparison of the rates at Antelope Hills with golf courses around the state.

The comparison showed that "we are substantially below municipal courses in Phoenix and Tucson." The evaluation also took in other smaller communities, and McCarley said, "Our rates are lower than any."

Even so, McCarley said the evaluation does not include a recommendation on whether the rates should go up, or by how much.

"We have nothing specific yet," he said.

This week's discussion is intended as a review of the evaluation information. Should the council appear to favor a rate increase, that proposal likely would go on the agenda for the council's March 13 voting meeting.

McCarley was uncertain when such a rate increase might take effect, although he said, "at the latest, it would be at the beginning of the next fiscal year (July 1)."

In other action, the council will:

• Hear a report on the community's 2011 water withdrawal and use reports to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

• Hear a presentation by James Musgrove on the Downer Trail gate.

• Hear an update on the city's public works capital program.

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