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Ford: Numbers don't add up on City golf courses

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The City has closed several golf courses for the winter, and is thinking of closing the Whitehaven Golf course for good.

But one Councilman says he's suspicious of the numbers the city is using to justify those closings.

Edmund Ford is not only a Councilman, but holds a masters in mathematics.

He says the numbers just don't add up with the bookkeeping for the city's public golf courses.

Right now, Pinehill, Crockett, Riverside, and Whitehaven golf courses are closed for the winter as a cost saving measure.  The administration is considering closing Whitehaven for good because it is one of the lowest performing courses.

Ford looked at the books, and couldn't make sense of some of the line items.

For example, Whitehaven saw a more than 1,000 percent increase in city shop charges, and the city owned course saw a more than 150 percent increase in rent.Four courses saw an overall increase in expenditures of 25 percent or more.

Ford says that small fluctuations aren't unusual, but items going up 50% or more raise red flags. "Show me the justification", Ford says.

The city says rent is actually supplies because the city doesn't pay rent on its own courses. The parks department is looking into the other expenditures questioned by ford, including what "city shop charge" actually is.

The audit department is working on the request for the outside audit.

Ford is looking for fairness. "We want to make sure we have all the amenities we give to this city available.  If we're not able to do that, then let's be fair across the board and not close golf courses in one particular area."

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