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Officials reveal financial plan to pay Conneaut Lake Park back taxes

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CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. -

The Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County took over the operations of Conneaut Lake Park about six weeks ago. During that time, it made some improvements to the beach area and began the work of removing fences and debris. But its plans to make the park more of a year-round community gathering place may all come to a stand still, if local governing bodies allow a scheduled September 26th sheriff's sale to move forward.

"We've been involved in the development of the plan with the attorney general's office for months. We're now at that critical point where we need the decision on the taxes," said Mark Turner, with the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County.

Turner went over his group's financial plan to pay off the $900,000 the park owes in back taxes. He presented it to the governing boards of Crawford County Commissioners, Sadsbury Township, Summit Township, and the Conneaut School Board, in hopes they will try to avert that sale. Approximately 300 members of the community were also present at Wednesday's meeting.

"At least there's a plan on the table. That's big. This has been 17 long years with nothing concrete-based in our hands that we can work from and ask questions what about this what about that," said Jack Lynch, Crawford County commissioner.

Pittsburgh attorney, Ira Weiss explained it only has to take one of the governing bodies to move the sheriff's sale forward.

"They are required to list all the known lien holders and put in the other taxing bodies. Those taxing bodies have an obligation, I believe to protect their claims and file their claims," said Weiss.

If one of the governing bodies gets a sheriff's sale in motion, none of the others can stop it.

And so the clock ticks on to the September 26th deadline.

 

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