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Judge hears arguments on Conneaut tax status, sheriff’s sale could be delayed

A sheriff’s sale of Conneaut Lake Park could be delayed until January if Crawford County’s president judge doesn’t rule by Dec. 5 on a motion by the state Attorney General’s Office to keep it from being sold, court officials said Monday.

After a short hearing, Judge Anthony J. Vardaro said he’d rule quickly, though he has up to 90 days, court officials said.

The storied park owes more than $930,000 in taxes and fees to the county, the Conneaut School District and Sadsbury and Summit townships, dating to 1997. The Attorney General’s Office said the park is overseen by a charitable trust, so it should not have owed taxes.

Attorneys for the county and municipalities maintain the property isn’t tax exempt, and it can’t be declared such retroactively to dismiss overdue taxes.

The sheriff’s sale is scheduled for Dec. 5.

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