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July 14, 2013

With debate over tax impact, Lewiston residents to decide fate of civic center


Niagara Gazette — “We’ve had numerous people contact us about running training camps at the facility,” he said. “One group has even offered to use their own money to buy Astroturf for one of our fields so they can run youth groups for their athletes. We’ve been contacted by Thurman Thomas for his training program. There’s a lot I see coming.”

A video detailing why residents should vote ‘yes’ on the bond vote was recently added to the committee’s website, which is available at

While Rose and his committee members have support from many within the local athletics community, including the student athletes and the coaches at Lewiston-Porter, there are some making arguments for voters to say no come Monday’s decision.

Arguments against the center have focused on perceived funding calculations. The town was awarded $450,000 each of the next 30 years from the Host Communities Standing Committee to fund the project, which is being used currently to pay for planning and will be called on to purchase the land from the Lew-Port school district, as well as build the structure.

But the money, added up, won’t cover the figure some believe a 120,000 square-foot building would cost without supplies, management and other services factored in. They think it’ll cost almost $15 million, not $8 million. And they’re not willing to pay the tax they believe will be levied on every town taxpayer to cover the bills.

“If you look at the bond resolution (the town board) passed in May, there’s a section in it which says the town will charge a general tax on real property,” said Paulette Glasgow, a former town board member who has been critical of the project since it was announced last year. “I don’t know what you call it, but where I’m from, that’s called a property tax.

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