Santa Barbara Golf Course in Trouble (Dec 9)

December 9, 2014 – The Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course is a few strokes behind when it comes to making its budget, and the reserves could be completely depleted next year unless its finances are restructured.

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The golf course has been hit financially by less people playing the course.

A consultant’s report says maintenance costs are more than $400,000 higher than for similar courses because of higher public employee salary, and benefit costs.

Potential options include outsourcing maintenance to reduce costs, or treating it like a park, and providing it with general fund subsidies to cover losses.

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