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Colona, IL Unsure If They Can Afford A 2-Million Dollar Property Donation

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Aldermen in Colona, IL are trying to decide what to do about the Indian Trails Resort. They say they have to make the decision now or lose the two million dollar property for good.

Aldermen said accepting this donation isn't as easy as it seems. None of Colona city leaders are saying no to the donation, they just don't agree on whether they can afford it. 
Indian Trails has several facilities including a clubhouse, pool and a large camping area on 70 plus acres of land. 

There's only one stipulation. The owner donating the resort said they must keep the middle parcel of land and clubhouse as a public park for the community. 

Alderman Mike King says this property as a whole would give Colona families a place to gather inside their city walls instead of having to go to neighboring towns. 

Alderman Larry Ropp said there's no money in the city budget for Indian trails right now and there are still questions whether they can afford it, without raising taxes. 

"If the city council turns down a 2-million dollar gift with basically no strings attached with the exception of leaving part of it a park, it would be really hard for a developer to want to come to this community and put his business here or her business here," said King. 

"Even if it was bankrupting us, the city, we couldn't get rid of," said Ropp. "Like gum on your shoe you couldn't scrape it off, you couldn't get rid of it. And that's a restriction we just can't take as a city."

Ropp said the city needs to inspect the property and try to develop a budget around it. 

The public works director has estimated that it would cost about $160,000 to maintain. King said he thinks that's reasonable for the city, especially considering the ability to rent out several facilities on the property. 

City leaders are holding a special  meeting about Indian trails tomorrow night at 6 o'clock at Colona City Hall. They're encouraging residents to attend.


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