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Oneida County faces lawsuit from citizens group

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LAKE NOKOMIS (WAOW)-- Owning a home on a lake can be a valuable asset. But property owners on Lake Nokomis aren't sure they're getting their moneys worth.

Lake Resident Frank Williams said, "If the lakes are not here, or if you've got weeds and milfoil in front of it the property value is going to go down." 

The upkeep comes with a price tag. Right now, volunteers are taking care of cleanup and maintanence but they want designated funds. That means creating a lake district and taxing residents. It's something petitioners for the lake district are okay with. However, the county board deems it unnecessary and unfair.

"Once the lake district is formed and if your property is included in that lake district, whether you we're for it or against it, signed the petition, requesting that it be formed...you will be taxed," said Oneida County Attorney Brian Desmond

While the battle brews, petitioners for the district say they want ownership of the lake. They say ignoring issues could cost them more in the long run.

"It's a valuable asset, that's why their property is valuable because of the lake," said Williams.

The county wants volunteers to continue their efforts without costing lake owners more, and while the disagreement centers on cash most agree the lake is an asset to the community.

Online Reporter: Christine Souders, Newsline 9

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