ROCKLAND, Maine — A week after the city placed a lien on the Rockland Golf Club for nonpayment of about $19,000 in back taxes, the president of the board of directors said that the matter should be positively resolved soon.
“It’s just a cash-flow situation,” Tom Levasseur said Wednesday. “They are slated to be paid within the next couple of weeks … the whole economy hurts everybody.”
The public golf club, which opened in 1916 and has been operating in its current 18-hole configuration overlooking Chickawaukie Pond since 1965, has more than 200 members, according to Levasseur. Annual membership rates range from $200 for a graduate student to $2,050 for a family.
“Conditionwise and layoutwise, certainly for the public courses in the state of Maine, it ranks amongst the better of them,” the president said.
An official from the Rockland tax collector’s office said that the club owns 140 acres spread over two adjacent properties on Old County Road and Maverick Street, with land and buildings valued by the city at $2.01 million. The overdue taxes, which amount to the second half of the 2011 property bill, were scheduled to be paid in March. The city’s 2011 mill rate is $18.20 per thousand of valued property.
If the club does not pay the taxes — plus 7 percent interest — by March 2013, the liens would expire and the city would foreclose upon the property.
The Rockland Golf Club was the largest of the 183 properties upon which Rockland filed liens on Sept. 13 at the Knox County Registry of Deeds. Most others are individual houses, the tax official said.
Although Levasseur said he wanted to speak with other board members before making a comprehensive statement to the press, he said that the club is not incorporated as a nonprofit agency but that is how it functions. Any profits from fees are reinvested into the club.
According to the president, the board of directors will issue a press release in the next couple of days.