Bent on slashing a proposed 4.6% increase to the tax levy, the Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario) City Council Monday (Feb. 23) approved a renegotiated deal expected to cut city subsidies to the Lions Club Pointe Des Chenes Family RV Park and Campground by at least $27,000 a year, SooToday.com reported.

At the request of both the Lions Club and the city, the new five-year contract also contains a cancellation clause allowing either party to terminate the operating arrangement at any time, with the Lions to be reimbursed for major improvements made to the trailer park.

The exit clause is significant because it’s been just three years since the city reviewed the possibility of closing the municipally subsidized campground and selling the property as a cost-cutting measure.

“This campground is a jewel. It’s a jewel for the community and it’s a definite jewel for Ward 6,” said Ward 6 Councilman Joe Krmpotich.

For 28 years, the Lions Club has maintained and operated the popular park, which has attracted visitors from Australia, Germany, Holland and at least four U.S. states.

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