By DEBRA GASKILL
BEAVERCREEK — Revenue from the city’s golf course continues to trend below 2012 revenue, according to third quarter financial information presented at Monday’s council meeting.
The golf course is has only taken in $375,000 in greens fees this year, a decrease of nearly $70,000, or 16 percent, over 2012 figures, according to Bill Kucera, Financial Administrative Services Director.
Rounds played on the course have decreased 4,800 to 21,500 over last year, Kucera told council, which has also led to decreases in golf cart rentals, merchandise and special order sales and food and beverage clubhouse sales.
“It should be noted, that (2012) was an exceptional year,” Kucera wrote in a memo to council. “…Play started earlier and there were less wet and cold days.”
Lousy golf weather, along with construction along New Germany-Trebein Road and the opening of a retail store specializing in golf equipment, also contributed to the decline in sales at the municipal course, Kucera said.
The economy is also playing a part. There has been a reduction in all-inclusive season pass holders, as well as a number of members who are reducing their memberships to “pay as they play,” Kucera said, which resulted in a $25,000 reduction in income.
The general fund has shown a slight increase— approximately $57,600 more—in property tax revenues for the general fund, Kucera reported, and slightly more in estate taxes than last year.
The city normally budgets $500,000 for this income item, based on what it has received over the last five years.
This year the city has received $1.19 million in estate taxes; last year the city received $1.02 million.
In other business, 14 organizations received more than $16,000 from the Popcorn Festival as part of the festival’s effort to give back to the community.
Those receiving donations were the Citizens on Preventive Patrol (COPP), the Beavercreek Soccer Association, Dayspring Ministry, BCS Ferguson Hall, Beavercreek Nazarene Church, Michael’s House, Boy Scout Troop #42, FISH food and clothing pantry, Feed the Creek food pantry, Beavercreek High School marching band, the Beavercreek Township Fire Department, and the Beavercreek Police Department. The Beavercreek Scholarship fund also received funds.
Also on the agenda, improvements for the Speedway property at 2254 N. Fairfield Road can go forward, following council’s approval of a rezoning ordinance which would change the location, along with a 1.3-acre adjacent lot, from B3 to a commercial planned unit development (CPUD).
Plans would involve the construction of a new building, which would face Kemp Road rather than Fairfield, to ease access and improve safety, according to City Planning Director Jeff McGrath, as well as improvements to the site that would reduce noise and lighting for surrounding residents.