Teed-off over park funding

Golf course concerns dominate parks meeting

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Though the purpose of a Thursday night parks survey meeting was to garner public input on the possible implementation of a $1-$2 parks and recreation fee, once the topic of the city-owned golf course was brought up, tensions ran high.

The meeting began at 6 p.m. in the Cactus Room of the Willie De Leon Civic Center.

During a discussion on park maintenance issues, Uvalde resident Pedro Garza asked Uvalde City Council if the city employed a licensed herbicide applicator. According to Garza, the golf course is riddled with weeds, which deters golfers.

In response, city manager Vince DiPiazza said the city did not employ a licensed herbicide applicator but was in the process of having an employee licensed.

Further discussion on golf course maintenance prompted Councilman Rogelio Muñoz to outline the difference between the golf course, a business, and the other 11 city-owned parks.

Muñoz reiterated that $688,000 is allocated each year to the golf course, while all other parks are to work on a combined $611,000 budget.

“The golf course generates revenue but it doesn’t generate anywhere near enough revenue to support its existence,” Muñoz said, noting that the golf course has been a subject of controversy for years.


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