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Akron looks at assets like the airport, golf courses and reservoirs
Blue Ribbon Task Force says operating its assets could include new partnerships

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M.L. Schultze

A task force is recommending that Akron take a close look at all its assets and decide if some could make the city money or at least stop draining it away.

The panel was appointed by Mayor Dan Horrigan even before he took office in January. Among the 100 recommendations it gave today  is operation of the city’s two golf courses. Tim Ochsenhirt, chairman of the committee, says the committee is not recommending Akron sell off its future:

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“I don’t think our committee really thought of selling the golf courses. We thought of maybe turning them over to (Summit) Metroparks who’s got funds and they know what they’re doing with parks. And maybe as best we can to try to let people who know hat they’re doing operate things."

The committee also lists the Fulton airport and land in and around reservoirs as assets that could serve the city better. Akron subsidizes the airport at close to $300,000 a year, but proponents estimate it was worth nearly $12 million to the city in 2014.

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