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July 16, 2013

Honey Creek comes 'full circle'

Dear Editor,

For all who speculated, wondered, assumed and absolutely knew, the Honey Creek saga has come “full circle.”

September 26, 2006 “Iowa Outdoors,” Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ news letter, Editor: Mick Klemesrud states: Quote “The principle financing source for the Honey Creek project is $28 million in bond proceeds that will be paid off over a 30-year period with revenues generated by the resort” — unquote.

January 4, 2008. The Public Interest Institute of Iowa Wesleyan College performed a study of Honey Creek Resort State Park completed by Deborah D. Thorton. In it she states — quote “The private sector for 30 years hasn’t been interested in Honey Creek because of the low return on investment; however citizens, Legislators, and state officials are now building it anyway. Hopefully, if you build it they will come, if they don’t taxpayers will still have $33 million in revenue bonds to pay.” The revenue bonds will need to be paid back from the “Net” proceeds after operating expenses, not the “Gross”; therefore, if the resort doesn’t break even the bond payments will have to come from another source, presumably the state budget. Why should Iowa taxpayers assume the risk?” — unquote.

September 19, 2008-Honey Creek opened to the public - with some state leaders questioning whether the $58 million resort will succeed.

February 25, 2010 — As captioned by Daily Iowegian — payments loom for Honey Creek. Officials are afraid the state run resort won’t be able to make it’s bond payments over the next several years - $700,000-$900,000 each year. Michelle Wilson, executive officer with DNR states: quote — “DNR has used Iowa Value Fund dollars to cover recent bond payments, hoping that $1.5 million proposed for debt service for resort included in governor’s proposed budget will be approved for year 2011. We can’t not make a bond payment. Central Group Inc., a private company out of Minnesota that runs the resort, will eventually help pay the bonds with revenue.” — unquote.

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