Niagara Gazette

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July 13, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Lewiston civic center project will impact Lewiston taxes; use up most of greenway funds

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Niagara Gazette — The individuals behind these signs claiming no additional taxes are misleading the public because that is exactly what is being proposed at a special Monday referendum regarding this $8 million bond. Should this multi-million dollar bond pass, every Lewiston resident will have their property taxed until this bond is paid off and there will be no greenway funds available for future projects.

The idea of such a facility is a good one but not if it causes lack of funding for future projects and creates a financial burden for the Lewiston community. After waiting years, money is available to complete long-delayed projects but to commit 80 percent or 30 years of funding while taxing Lewiston property owners will again cause a delay and create financial hardship for Lewiston residents. For months I’ve asked that this project be scaled down and made more cost effective. Each time this request has been made those in charge have sat silent and continued with their agenda.

Self-serving motivation is a strange thing. It sometimes causes those to suffer from delusions of grandeur. It’s been said those processing this trait always feel a lot better about themselves. So it would seem those making this misguided decision and misleading claims must hold themselves in the highest of esteem because what they’re planning will create future funding problems for years to come while imposing a tax burden on Lewiston property owners.

Paulette Glasgow is a Lewiston resident.

Paulette Glasgow is a Lewiston resident.

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