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Port district notes solvent golf course operation

Airport strategic planning in next year’s budget


There was some good news and “black ink” noted as Grant County Port District 7 commissioners reviewed the past season’s activity at Banks Lake Golf Course.

The port district operates the 18-hole golf course and this is the second year in a row that the course has operated “in the black.”

Commission President James Keene was quick to point out that the successful operation of the golf course still hinges on the amount of volunteer help provided.

Off and on, the three commissioners have had regular duties at the course to avoid paid help and to make the golf course solvent.

In passing next year’s budget of $428,200 in expenses and $455,038 in revenue, Keene stated that $250,000 of the revenue is from a combined grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Washington State Department of Transportation. The combined grant is for a 2018 project to further develop the airport’s long-range strategic plan.

Keene said the golf course brought in about $158,251 in revenue this year compared to $162,956 during the 2016 season. The port district budgeted golf course revenues of $166,500 for next year.

The course will show just under $20,000 profit when all the numbers come in, Keene stated.

Memberships and visitor play are still the key to success, Keene said.

“We continue to receive very favorable comments on the condition of the course, both from our membership and visitors,” Keene said.

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