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Rebuttal to criticism of Cedaredge Golf Course

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Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to an opinion piece written by Ed and Peggy Baxter on July 12, 2017, titled "Cedaredge continues to rob Peter to pay Paul."

I have lived in a residence on the golf course for 12 years and I am a member of the Cedaredge Golf Club Men's Club.

After reading the Baxters' opinion piece, it appears to me that they are under several misconceptions about the golf course and its expenses.

The Baxters accuse the town of loaning the golf course "hundreds of thousands of dollars, and then writing off those debts." I believe that most of these "loans" were paid off by the sale/transfer of water rights of the golf course, and not simply written off.

The Baxters, who live outside the town, complain that their $55 monthly water bill for 10,000 gallons of water will now be increased with the new water rates. I live in the town, and I currently pay $73 for the same water usage.

Another misconception by the Baxters is that the town is giving "subsidies and write-offs" to the golf course which results in the low green fees and cart rentals for the golfers. After doing some research, I found that Cedaredge Golf Course has the highest 18-hole green fees/cart rental fees in comparison to other nearby golf course (Devil's Thumb, Cobble Creek and Black Canyon).

Because of the golf course, a hundred plus homes and approximately 40 townhomes have been built and are occupied. The advantages of the golf community is that it adds to the economy of Cedaredge, financial support to the schools, provides volunteer work and has provided scholarship funds to a selected graduating senior. The golf course community is an integral part of this town, and is an asset not a liability.

The biggest question I have is, how the Baxters associate the change of water rates with the expenses of the golf course. Where are the facts for that assumption? Could they be misleading the citizens? That would be a sad state of affairs.

Gene Gold
Cedaredge

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