City explains where money in golf course settlement will come from
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Former Columbia Golf Course owner Gary Long, Jr. accepted the City of Kennewick's offer to settle a lawsuit for $2.4 million after a lengthy legal fight over him building an R. V. park on the course.
City Manager Marie Mosley says taxes aren't going up if you live in the city. Money that will be affected will come from savings and unspent money from the previous two year budget. But, that could mean changes for future construction and development in the city.
"The Southridge projects, some of these areas we're looking at an overlay project right now. Some of those, those will not be impacted by this reprioritization of the capital program. What we would be looking at is un designated projects," explains Mosley.
According to the city leader, those projects will be ones not backed by grant dollars or funded with bond money. However, she couldn't say exactly what plans could be affected.
According to Mosley, the next step will include looking into the city's savings and unused money from some projects, and making a recommendation to council members for a budget adjustment as soon as next month.