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Latest Conneaut Lake Park News

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November 7, 2014

By Andrew Goldstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The planned sheriff’s sale of Conneaut Lake Park has been postponed until at least December, if at all, according to Crawford County officials.

The park was scheduled to go on sale today, but the state attorney general’s office filed a motion with the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas to stay the sale of the amusement park so that preliminary objections could be heard by a judge, said Chris Ferry, who works with county solicitor Ted Watts and is knowledgeable on the case.

The park owes $2.5 million in taxes and other debts, including close to $1 million in back taxes, current taxes and penalties to Crawford County, Sadsbury and Summit townships and the Conneaut School District.

Mr. Ferry said representatives from the county and the park will have an oral argument in court later this month to determine whether objections by the attorney general’s office are founded. The attorney general’s office has argued that the park may be tax exempt because it is run by a charitable trust.

If a judge upholds the objections, the sale may be stayed. If not, the park may then go up for sheriff’s sale in December.

Mark Turner, the park board of trustee’s executive director, could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Turner said in June that the park must become a 12-month business rather than only operating during summer months to achieve self-sufficiency.

Crawford County Commissioner Francis Weiderspahn said that still appears to be the plan if the board of trustees remains in control of the park.