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Moriah may borrow for Bulwagga Bay project

Officials are hoping for a grant

Kaylee Belden enjoys a swim in Port Henry. Facing a 2013 deadline, the town of Moriah may be forced to make a difficult decision to save its Bulwagga Bay beach and campsite.

Kaylee Belden enjoys a swim in Port Henry. Facing a 2013 deadline, the town of Moriah may be forced to make a difficult decision to save its Bulwagga Bay beach and campsite. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Bulwagga Bay generates an average of $280,000 a year for the town, Scozzafava said. That money is used to off-set local taxes.

If the town borrows money for the erosion project, the loan will be repaid using Bulwagga Bay revenues, the supervisor said.

“The money to repay the loan won’t come directly from from our residents, but it will impact taxpayers,” Scozzafava explained. “It’ll mean there is less money to apply to the tax levy so taxes will go up unless we can find the money someplace else.”

The Bulwagga bay erosion project will likely be completed in the fall of 2013, the supervisor said. It’s expected to cost $400-500,000.

“It has to be done,” Scozzafava said. “We’ll do as much of the work as possible ourselves to keep the cost down.

“Bulwagga Bay is important to our local economy,” he added. “It attracts tourists, it provides local jobs and it plays a role in our economic development.”

Garrison believes the project should be a priority.

“I believe Bulwagga bay is an important part of our community,” he said. “It’s key to our future economic growth.”

After the project is finished it will require annual monitoring of erosion and water levels on the beach. The town will be allowed to fill in — or “re-nourish” — areas above the revetments where any erosion takes place.

“We will have to do some work there every year,” Scozzafava said. “Erosion will always be a problem there. Hopefully, this gets it under control.”

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