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Decatur Co. wants out of the golf course business

Dennis Brinson, Decatur County Commissioner Dennis Brinson, Decatur County Commissioner
Al Kelley, Executive Director for Recreational Authority Al Kelley, Executive Director for Recreational Authority
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Decatur County Commissioners are asking recreation authorities to assume the responsibilities of a Bainbridge Golf Course

"We want to hand it over to recreational authority, because it makes sense," said Decatur County Commissioner Dennis Brinson.

The Pines Golf Course is currently funded by Decatur County. Over one hundred thousand tax dollars are spent to maintain the golf course's operation.

But Decatur County Commissioners no longer want to assume the responsibility of the golf course, and are asking the recreation authority for help. 

Brinson added, "It makes little to no sense for us to continue funding an operation that is spelled out within the guidelines of creating, as far as recreation, to continue funding that."

Commissioners say they are doing their best to shrink their budget, and if recreation authorities take full financial and operation responsibility, they can utilize tax dollars on other projects that have been on hold.

Recreation authority members say they will have a final decision by next Thursday, to determine if they want to take full responsibility of the golf course. If they don't take it the golf course may shut down.

"If they decide not to do that, we would try to lease it out to someone, and if that's not successful, we can find something else to do with it, and if not, we could close it down," said Al Kelley, Executive Director for the Recreational Authority.   

Recreation authorities say if they decide to be responsible for Pines Golf Course, it won't take effect until July 1st.

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