Niagara Gazette

Lewiston

October 7, 2013

Community questions bring explanation on Lewiston's lack of funding of CWM expansion fight

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Niagara Gazette — “It’s called Attorney Contingency and Litigations,” Johnson said of the line item. “We put $100,000 in it every year. I don’t know if the board would go along with paying any bill, but we always have that line item to use. If we wanted to do something, if we needed to do something with the county, that would be where it would come from.”

But how likely is town investment in the continued fight against the company’s expansion? Supervisor Steve Reiter said the town likely wouldn’t be contributing monies when tax dollars are involved.

Though he’ll be out of his position in January after losing the Republican primary for the supervisor position last month, Reiter said he doesn’t believe it’s fair to residents in Lewiston to pay for the town’s share of the money after their county property tax dollars helped pay the initial portion.

“Why do I have to have residents support this twice,” he said. “I’d say (to the county): Why aren’t our state officials stepping to the plate and supporting this?

“We have until November to make a decision. But I feel uncomfortable taxing Lewiston residents twice just to pay for a lawyer.”

Despite the availability of contingency money, members of RRG are expected to attend the town board’s work session, scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road, Lewiston.

$150K Amount the Town of Lewiston had been billed prior to 2010 to help fund CWM expansion legal challenge

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

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