Creek neighbors squabble over proposal to finance private golf course

Tensions are rising in the South Salem neighborhood as a vote approaches on whether residents should pay to help run a nearby private golf course.

More than 200 Creekside Estates residents attended a chaotic town hall meeting over the proposal Wednesday night. More than a dozen people withdrew before the meeting ended.

The Creekside Homeowners Association Board of Directors held the meeting to answer residents’ questions about the proposal but ended up referring many questions to the owners of Creekside Golf Club, who were not present.

If residents vote yes on the proposal, each of the neighborhood’s 588 landlords would pay $90 a month, or $1,080 annually, for five years to help support the golf club. Landlords are also asking residents to agree to a 1% transfer fee on home sales in the neighborhood.

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