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Homeowners upset over Oro Valley’s vote to fund golf courses

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – The Oro Valley town council voted Wednesday night to fund the El Conquistador and La Canada course improvements and repairs.

In a 4-3 decision, the council adopts a motion introduced by Mayor Joe Winfield to fund the construction and irrigation at both golf courses using a ‘pay as you go’ system as well as borrowing a chunk of money from the town’s general fund.

Many homeowners who attended the meeting left disappointed, saying the decision will keep the future of Oro Valley golf uncertain.

“This vote did not go the way people were hoping,” Jen LaFevre with Oro Valley Thrives said. She lives on one of the golf courses. “It continues to the leave the golf course in limbo.”

In the last week, Lafevre and several others in the community launched a recall effort of Mayor Winfield and Vice Mayor Melanie Barrett.

LaFevre said Wednesday night she plans to continue to walk with petitions throughout the community after this latest decision.

Other residents prefer to see some finality in a drama that played out over several months.

“Make it work,” homeowner Ed Slentz said. “You got it for $1 million. You got an asset that it probably worth $40 – $50 million for $1 million. Just make it work.

David Hriczack, a resident, said the reason why this issue strikes at the core of him and so many other residents is because the course is the centerpiece of the town.

“This is the heart of Oro Valley. You got the town set up, the golf course community,” said Hriczack. “This is Oro Valley at its best.”

Carla Litto

Digital content producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. Carla previously interned at the NBC affiliate. She is currently a senior at UArizona majoring in journalism.

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