MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - The Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) expressed their desire to purchase some of the land their trails are on in the Heartwood Forest area, to which Marquette City Commission candidate Margaret Brumm voiced her concern on the NTN's tax status.
The trail network is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and hosted a special ride, bike and run event Saturday, after Brumm expressed she would like to hear bids for the land from a company whose tax money would go to benefit the city of Marquette.
"From a community perspective, people have access to these trails basically out their back door and basically it's building a healthy community, it's bringing tourists into town that are impacting our local business and it's attracting people to want to live here, play here and spend a lot of time here," said Lori Hauswirth, Executive Director of the Noquemanon Trail Network.
"If the city decides to sell property to the NTN they will realize no taxable gain from this," said Margaret Brumm, candidate for Marquette City Commission. "This is of concern to the citizens of Marquette because the citizens of Marquette have been paying interest and money back because the city borrowed money to buy that land in the first place."
Brumm hosted an informational session at the Peter White Public Library Saturday afternoon to discuss her concerns on the NTN's purchase request. The trail network invited Brumm to their 'Ride, Run, Bike' event in which community members gathered at the south trailhead to show their support of the NTN.