State auditors have determined the City of Lynnwood violated Washington law by moving $1.3 million in Utility Funds to prop up its failing municipal golf course. City officials now have 90 days to find a way to pay the loan back.
“Part of our challenge right now is to come up with solutions to move the facility forward,” said Lynnwood Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Sordel.
Sordel said the city’s course has been losing money for four years, and despite the state calling the fund movement illegal, he stated it was done with city council approval.
“Our expenses are as low as we can get them,” Sordel said. “We’ve laid off people and minimized costs as best we can. Now, we have to grow the revenue.”
Friday, Sordel met with other city representatives to figure out a way to increase income at the facility, now owned in full by Lynnwood. That could include boosting food and beverage offerings and other amenities.
Those who play Lynnwood’s executive course regularly said there is genuine concern the property may be lost.
“If this course wasn’t here, you’d have condos and strip malls and it’d be like the rest of Lynnwood,” described golfer Doug Durasoff.
“Whatever they do, whatever they decide, you’ve got to preserve this urban green space,” he continued.