As ballots have been delivered to mailboxes, many voters have inquired and asked questions about Ballot Question 3A – the Town Hall Expansion Project. Questions like what will the impact of this project be to Historic Downtown Erie and why ask a TABOR question if we really don’t need to fund the project with property taxes?
? Financing plan with no tax increase
? Growth paying its own way
? Historic design
? Customer service
? Adequate parking
Downtown & Historic Impacts
Town Hall has always been and will continue to remain in the heart of Historic Downtown Erie. The original Town Hall was located at 235 Wells Street, in the building that the Erie Chamber of Commerce is located. As the community grew, Town Hall moved to the Lincoln School building where it remains today. Preserving and expanding this historic building will honor and respect Town Hall’s historic elements and permanently cement Old Town Erie as the seat of local government.
In 2016, to accommodate the remodel that occurred, the Town went through the Certificate of Appropriateness Application process with the Historic Preservation Advisory Board and those comments informed both internal and external elements in the final design. The architect incorporated historic elements and preserved the character of the building into their design. The expansion project has been designed by the same architect and continues to respect and preserve the historic elements of the building.
This expansion has been in the planning stages for over four years and will meet the needs of our community today and into the future. Not expanding Town Hall in its current location, likely means it would end up costing the community more money in the long run. Higher interest rates, increased construction costs, increased design costs and land acquisition would likely push the price tag well beyond $13.5 million.
The Public Facility Impact Fee Fund, coupled with the $4.25 million infusion of funds from Waste Connections, means the Town will be able to service the anticipated debt through 2026 without any property tax. With this boost, the Town expects it may never need to actually levy a property tax to fund this debt service.
View more information about the Town Hall Expansion Project here. For more election related information, visit www.erieco.gov/vote.