Kennewick's Columbia Park Golf Course will be run by a management company from California under a $50,000 contract next year.
The council voted 4-3 Tuesday to authorize Mayor Steve Young to sign an agreement with the Kennewick Golf Course Inc., which is a division of CoursceCo Inc. of Petaluma.
The three-year contract allows increases up to $59,000 in 2013, and a renewal option in 2014.
But councilmen Bob Parks, Don Britain and John Hubbard voted no, saying they didn't like first seeing the presentation at a council workshop and being asked to vote on it the same night.
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"I'm in favor of slow government," said Hubbard, explaining why he rejected CourseCo's proposal.
"I like Petaluma, and I'm sure you're a great company, but I'd like to have more time to consider this," Parks said.
Tom Bugbee, assistant director of operations for CourseCo, said the company manages 17 courses, including the Paloose Ridge Golf Course at Washington State University in Pullman, and two weeks ago won the contract to manage Columbia Point Golf Course for the city of Richland.
w The council heard concerns from members of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission about having a 72-unit recreational vehicle park built next to the Southridge Sports Complex.
"This is not what we would envision for our sports complex," said Ben Rutledge, parks commission chairman.
Rutledge said the proposal from Harold Thompson that calls for a large RV park that would allow month-long stays wouldn't fit well with the purpose of a sports complex.
Hank Sauer, a parks commissioner, questioned if a 72-unit RV park is what should greet travelers as they come over the hill at Southridge, the city's gateway from the south.
Young said an RV area near the sports complex would be an important amenity for people coming from out of town to participate in tournaments.
"I agree, but 22 spaces would be sufficient. Having 72 spaces for long-term stays is something different," Rutledge said.
Councilman Paul Parish said the council had the same concerns when first presented with Thompson's proposal. Parish said no decisions will be made until Thompson presents a business model for the park.
-- The council approved the 2011 tax levy rate at $2.15 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which is about 2 cents less than for 2010. It includes adopting a 1 percent increase as allowed for the city's property tax revenue base. The levy will cost the owner of a $150,000 home about $323 a year.
Councilman Britain voted against the levy for 2011, saying afterward that he didn't see a need to adopt the 1 percent increase in the property tax revenue base.
-- Adopted the 2011-12 budget of $232 million, which is 11 percent less than for 2009-10. Most of the reduction is from one-time capital projects. It includes about 10 percent increase in health care costs and reflects 20 fewer positions.