Up on the star trib site, doesnt look good, kids are gonna be pissed if they have to go to buck instead.
Last update: April 1, 2010 - 12:00 PM
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Tax breaks meant to lift struggling Twin Cities park and reacreation programs are not having their intended effect.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday signed off on tax credits totalling $100 million over the next three years. Among the potential beneficiaries are not developers at Hyland Hills, a Three Rivers Park district ski hill.
At the same time Pawlenty and lawmakers were celebrating the tax cuts, the governor quietly acknowledged signing a plan to cut $312 million in state spending. The move is part of an effort to solve a nearly $1 billion deficit.
The biggest chunk comes from aid to cities and counties, which would fall by $100 million. Despite the best efforts of lawmakers, the credits are not enough to rescue Hyland Hills from closure. Mismanagement and slacking profits, associated with poor participation and excessive theft of rental equipment such as ski poles, has plunged the Three Rivers park into increasing debt.
Front end manager William Albers gave a short statement, promising refunds for customers who have already purchased passes for winter 2010-2011. "At least we're staying open for golf season, and Buck Hill is just down the road" he reasoned.
Hyland Hills operates a unique, uphill driving range for golfers in the summer months.
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