Key Lawmakers say 'No' to Idea for ATV Park Using Legacy Tax Money

Updated: 08/27/2014 7:36 AM
Created: 08/26/2014 6:24 PM
By: Jay Kolls

Two key state lawmakers saw our 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS report on initial plans for an all-terrain (ATV) park using tax money from the Legacy Fund and responded with a resounding "no" to the idea.

Renville County Commissioners are exploring the idea of buying 270 acres on a scenic byway along the Minnesota River. They are considering an ATV park and would look for the $1.3 million to build it with federal tax dollars and tax money from the Legacy Fund.

But the Democratic Chair of the House Legacy Committee and a Republican committee member tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the idea would never get approval for Legacy money.

"I cannot think of one committee member, and it is a bi-partisan committee, who would support something like this. It is contrary to what the Legacy money is supposed to be used for," State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis said.

State Rep. Joe McDonald, Republican-Delano, agrees.

"No way a project like an ATV park would get Legacy funds because it does not fulfill the requirements of the Legacy mission," he said.

One Renville County Commissioner tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the county has only voted to spend $120,000, using grant money to study the possibility of opening an ATV park.

"We are a long way from taking a vote to approve the full facility and if the environmental impact study comes back negative, then the whole idea will go away," Commissioner Randy Kramer said.

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