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Moriah to complete Bulwagga Bay project

Supervisor: There’s no choice

Kaylee Belden swims at Bulwagga Bay in the town of Moriah. Work to save the Bulwagga Bay shoreline will be completed in 2013.

Kaylee Belden swims at Bulwagga Bay in the town of Moriah. Work to save the Bulwagga Bay shoreline will be completed in 2013. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— “No one wants to spend money, but Bulwagga Bay is a tremendous asset to the community,” Scozzafava said. “We can’t let it just slip away. If we don’t get the grant we’ll have to bite the bullet and borrow.”

Bulwagga Bay generated $294,737 in revenue for the town in 2012, Scozzafava said. The $120,000 profit will be used to off-set 2013 local taxes.

The campsite has already lost 10 lakefront campsites to erosion, Scozzafava said. That’s $20,000 a year in revenue.

The supervisor also pointed out the campground and beach have economic impact on the business community.

“The people at the campsite and beach stop at stores, restaurants, gas stations,” Scozzafava said. “They spend money in the community.

“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.”

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.

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

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.

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