Council gives initial approve to budget that includes funding for Greenbelt

Golfers hit golf balls on the driving range at Greenbelt Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic Mike Wolanin | The Republic

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Columbus City Council voted Tuesday night to provide the funding necessary to keep Greenbelt Golf Course open.

Council members approved the City of Columbus 2021 Budget on its first reading which includes $176,000 to be transferred from the council budget to the parks’ non-reverting fund for golf staffing. This would allow the city to keep Greenbelt open.

The council will vote on the budget again on Oct. 20; it requires two readings to be approved. City officials have said in the past that the parks board would also have to approve the funding change.

City finance director Jamie Brinegar also noted in his budget presentation that while the golf pro position has been moved out of the parks general fund budget, it is still included in the city’s budget.

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