From an article by Eric Russell, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 18, 2009, at 9:33 p.m.
In recent days, Bangor leaders have warmed to the idea of other revenue sources, particularly a state bond of $25 million that has been floated by state Sen. Joseph Perry. City councilors understand a bond is a long shot, but they liked the idea of sending that message to the state.
Penobscot County Commissioner Joseph Baldacci told councilors that the county could not offer much in the way of funding without raising taxes, but he was happy to stand with the city to urge a state partnership.
Baldacci even said he would solicit support from all counties in eastern and northern Maine, as well as senators and representatives of areas that stand to benefit from a new arena in Bangor.
“This is a regional project and we need to make more emphasis of that,” he said.
Shortly before councilors voted to move forward, Brad Ryder, a downtown business owner and member of the arena implementation committee, summed up the feelings of many.
“We’ve talked this to death,” he said. “Now, I want to see action.”
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