Niagara Gazette


May 15, 2013

Lewiston to hold referendum on planned civic center


Niagara Gazette — That’s why it’s even more important, Reiter said, to have a grasp on how the Lewiston masses feel about the project.

“This is a big step,” Reiter said. “Yes, we had a lot of support. Was it orchestrated? Somewhat, it was. We just want to make sure we’re on firm ground with our residents.”

Despite Reiter’s stated goal of figuring out the public’s interest, however, residents who have previously been critical of the supervisor’s plans said Monday the referendum is actually required by law.

With the town looking to bond the cost of the project, paying for it could come from a number of sources. The most talked about funding has been the Niagara River Greenway Commission, which is expected to consider the town’s project at its next meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island.

If the project receives the commission’s approval, part or all of the estimated $8 million price tag could be funded over the course of the next several decades.

The referendum residents will vote on in July, though, includes language expressing the possibility of a tax levy to be created as part of the vote. Town Attorney Mike Dowd said the language is misleading.

“There is no levy associated with this,” he said. “It needed to be there legally, but there won’t be any taxes.”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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