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Lake Winnie in limbo over water park tax breaks

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Lake Winnepesaukah. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press Lake Winnepesaukah. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- The family that owns Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park was counting on getting some $200,000 worth of tax breaks during the construction of SoakYa, the five-acre water park that opens May 24.

So they were disappointed to learn last week at a meeting in Atlanta that the 2011 law that would have granted the break has been found lacking and must go back through the legislative process.

"We're kind of in limbo," park representative Tommy Dickinson said. Lake Winnie officials won't know what their odds are of getting the tax break until a revised law is passed, he said.

The water park, now under construction, will open on schedule with or without the tax break, he said. But the owners may have to use less-expensive components.

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