Civic centre costs causes concern

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - Some Colchester County residents remain concerned about the cost of the new civic centre and the impact the facility is going to have on tax bills heading forward.
"The main concern to me is what it's going to cost the people in Colchester County in the way of taxes, and not just to erect this place but to keep it up afterwards," said Shortts Lake resident Bill Queripel.
Truro is paying $9.6 million and the Municipality of Colchester County $14.4 million to build the $50-million facility.
Queripel, who is a senior citizen, said if the taxes go up too much he might be forced to move and he believes he's not alone.
"Many are finding it so hard to get along," he said. "It's just reality."
Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor said both the municipality and town have been open with discussion around increasing their contribution towards the facility.
"Most people are very excited about it coming," he said. "This is an investment in our community."
Such an investment is expected to generate interest in residential and commercial development, which will help the region's tax base.
Queripel understands that but questions if money will be in the municipalities account should they arise.

Geographic location: Colchester County

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  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Tasman, you're sounding like a really angry Dipper now ... 'build affordable housing so that people are not living in the streets in Truro'?? Yeah that's it, let's build a bunch of housing units and may as well send them a nice big fat welfare cheque while we're at it huh? Socialism 101. If you think your taxes from the Civic Centre are going to break you, wait 'till the taxes to support your welfare state cut in. Jeeez, get a grip.

  • Tasman
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    to flogger. You are sounding like the angry one not me. I am not saying we need to have everyone on Welfare. I just think they need to really look at what they are spending the money on and do we really need it. Not only that they have renovated the current stadium and what will become of that. I just think there are a lot of questions that need answering and no one seems to be willing to answer them.

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    TASMAN, why don't you just step up to the plate, make an appointment with your MP, sit down, demand answers, and then set up an interview with TDN to offer your critique? Better still, run for MP if you have better solutions .... we're open to new, realistic ideas .... cheers.

  • mimi
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Your post is bang on Flogger! exactly what I wanted to say!well done.

  • dave
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    well mr. mayor - how much to operate a year. how many staff will need to be hired. what about the cost of insurance? many questions left unaswered - but i'm just a taxpayer, what do i know.

  • Civic
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    First of all, great post Flogger. Next, sorry B_Riley from ns - but you do pay taxes on woodland not to mention if you put a camp on it.

  • maners
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    lol, we don't need it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    well said Flogger

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I've said it once and I'll say it again - something is only a good deal if you can afford it. True, depending on how you look at it we can get this built for 50 cents on the dollar but what is the go-forward impact of this cost and the operating costs of such a facility? What are the projected benefits of this project (economic and otherwise)? What is the 15 year plan to fund-to run this deal?

    I guess those are questions we won't get answered but will have to live with as it appears Mr Harper will swoop into town to announce this project will go forward. All I can say is I really hope it works out better than it's been planned.

  • charinator
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I would just like to see a close estimate on how much more tax I will pay.

    I sure hope this project isn't just something to give a name to politicians. Ones leaving soon and ones just coming in.

    It seems very aggressive for such a small population of mostly working class people.

    50 million? pretty steep.

  • Joe
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    What you do at the Daily News call this guy up for his to see if he wanted the Civic Center? Seems like quoting one person does not make some people. The decission has been made by both the Town and County to move forward, maybe the Daily News might want to move forward too.

  • Tasman
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    That's a lot of crap. Most people in the area don't want it and feel we don't even need it. The minority well to do are the one's who want it and the only one's who will be able to afford to use it. Let them foot the bill for their playhouse and leave everyone else alone. Maybe the 50 million should go to build some affordable housing so that people are not living in the streets of Truro.

  • Smc
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    For heavens sake county and town managers -- our taxes are high enough now. It would be great to have a new civic centre, but unfortunately we simply can't afford one at the present time. Let those with the big bucks raise the money from some other source other than taxes.

  • B_Riley
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well, I guess it's time to sell the house, buy some woodland, and build a camp on it without applying for a permit. Great way to live and NO PROPERTY TAXES!

  • Gortex
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Flogger, I agree with the sentiment of your comment, but not its tone or delivery.

    Those Dippers and Libs and Torys are wrong on a lot of things, but they're still our countrymen. We're all in this together.

    When we start to demonize those who disagree with us, we cross a line which turns honest discourse and debate into arguing and othering . Let's be bigger people, shall we?