If the City of Winnipeg goes ahead with proposed plans to sell John Blumberg Golf Course, it will mean more tax revenue for the RM of Headingley.
Headingley mayor Wilf Taillieu said the 200-acre, 27-hole course is now owned and operated by the City of Winnipeg, even though it lies within Headingley’s municipal boundaries.
However, once it passes from city control, it becomes part of the municipality, and no matter what development occurs in the future, the municipality’s tax base will increase with the extra land.
"I’m sure there’ll be some benefits for the municipality. That’s 200 acres of land being added," said Taillieu.
The City of Winnipeg must first declare the land to be surplus before it can be sold.
Taillieu said he expects the municipality will be given the first option to buy the land, but with an estimated value of several million dollars, the price will likely be too high.
Headingley municipal councillors adhere to a policy of using money from their reserve fund to cover large expenditures. Purchasing a large section of land isn’t in their current five-year financial plan.
Taillieu said he and the other councillors were aware of discussions about selling off city-owned golf courses. It’s his understanding that the soccer and baseball fields adjacent to the Blumberg course will remain under city ownership.