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The debate over a city-owned Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchise in Rusk, Texas, continues.
After ruling to place the campground up for sale, the Rusk City Council reversed its decision and is now looking into new financing opportunities to help fund improvements at the park.
According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the final decision, however, will be in the hands of Rusk residents. A vote slated for September will determine whether to lease the campgrounds, abandon development or invest more money to complete the site.
The revocation of the earlier decision came after the council was notified about loan options that would finance the completion of the campground.
The council had decided June 14 to invest $50,000 to make minor improvements then sell the partially developed campground and land, pending a referendum vote by the city.
After the June 14 meeting, council members met with two KOA representatives to look over the land and weigh the options.
In an e-mail stating a summary of the meeting, KOA representative Walter Preble said the current facilities were not ready to operate as a campground, whether KOA-endorsed or not. To bring the park up to KOA standards, Preble estimated it would cost at least $250,000.
The city has already spent almost $600,000 on the project, including a $33,000 franchise fee.