Scott’s Golf Course Twitter Thread & A Recommended Reading List
Have you read Shaun Scott’s epic golf course twitter thread? I’ve included a couple of highlights below.
…. & please send me any articles, studies, podcasts or videos on the topic of (public or private) golf courses and affordable housing.
Here are my key takeaways from Shaun Scott’s tweets:
Proposal: Revenue generated by ending tax subsidies for Seattle’s private courses would help pay for public / deeply affordable housing & maintaining equitable open space on the current ‘public’, city-owned golf courses
Private golf courses receive a massive tax subsidy
EXAMPLE: Just *3 houses* in Broadmoor pay more TOTAL taxes than the **entire** 115 acre Broadmoor Country Club.
Decommissioning city-owned golf courses, and putting deeply affordable housing on those lots instead
~ $45m for anticipated and accrued golf-related expenses for the City of Seattle to maintain 4 courses …. compared to:
2020 Seattle Arts Budget: $14m
’20 Seattle Firefighters Pension: $21m
’18 Seattle Early Learning Funds: $42.6m
’20 Seattle Golf Budget: $45m
Many golf courses in Seattle were established in the same era that single family zoning became our city’s invisible ink of inequity.
This zoning code made apartment buildings illegal in 70%+ of the city, cementing race/class segregation into our residential grid.
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Shaun Scott is a candidate for Seattle City Council District 4, the area comprising the U-District, Wallingford, Eastlake, Roosevelt, and NE Seattle. http://Scott2019.com
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