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Five Things You Need to Know About the Coliseum Vote

A roundup of everything you need to know about today's Coliseum vote.

Today Nassau County residents will have the chance to vote for or against a $400 million referendum to erect a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark in Uniondale.

But before you head to the polls, here are five things you should know about the referendum:

1. What Are You Voting For?

The referendum allows residents to decide whether or not a sports-entertainment complex will be built at the current site of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, as well as a minor league ballpark, which will more than likely end up inside of the Mitchel Field complex. If the vote were to fail, it is assumed that the New York Islanders would leave Nassau County when their lease expires on the current Coliseum in 2015.

2. Money Matters

Various reports have been published about how much the new arena would cost per household. In July, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano received a report from the independent Office of Legislative Budget Review (OLBR) that recognized the minimum taxpayer risk for $13.80 in taxes annually per household. "The New York Islanders have guaranteed that their lease will provide $14 million, at minimum, to Nassau County," the statement said. "Since this agreement has been made, the risk has decreased from $58 per household as originally reported, to the $13.80 annually that it is now."

3. What Happens Next

If approved, the Islanders will stay on Long Island through 2045, as per a reached in June. Also, Long Island Ducks owner Frank Boulton would help bring a minor-league team to a new ballpark at Mitchel Field, located directly across the street from the Coliseum.

If the referendum fails, it is expected that taxes will still increase to make up for the lack of revenue coming into the county beyond 2015. Should the vote fail, Mangano said that the ballpark would be looked at as a potential self-supporting, individual location.

4. What You'll See on the Ballot

"Shall a Local Law be approved to establish 'The Nassau County Hub Area Development Progam' (the 'Hub Program') and to : (i) authorize the expenditure of up to $400,000,000 to be bonded by the county and expended solely for the construction of projects in the Hub Area including a new Nassau Coliseum, a minor league baseball stadium, and other economic development projects, (ii) establish a line on property tax bills dedicated to the payment of the debt service associated with the Hub Program, and to (iii) establish a special revenue fund dedicated exclusively to the payment of the debt service on the bonds issued pursuant to the Hub Program?"

5. Voter Information

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. According to the Nassau County Board of Elections website, "unless you received a post card indicating a polling place change, vote at your regular polling place." The New York State Board of Elections also has an online voter location database for active voters. Click here to see where you vote.

Kathleen August 01, 2011 at 10:44 AM
I voted No. I hope the turn out is bigger than anticipated. There has been so much discussion for so many weeks. Now is the time to act on your opinion.
jordan10 August 01, 2011 at 11:32 AM
I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BuzzSave.com
Nat Krieger August 01, 2011 at 12:18 PM
Not sure how anyone can vote no...the cost of the development is high but look at it, on a $10,000 p/yr tax bill is $13-$58 (depending on which numbers you believe) really that much. If the Islanders leave and the coliseum goes vacant then the costs will be tragic. This needs to be done, we need to invest money in the county, in our backyard..
det2659 August 01, 2011 at 02:00 PM
It's a NO vote for me also! Taxes will go up in any event with another excuse from the Nassau County Gang. By 2015 there may be some other franchise interested in Nassau.......... if taxes are lowered!! KEEP THE TAX PEOPLE OUT OF MY POCKET THANK YOU!!
det2659 August 01, 2011 at 02:03 PM
When does your so called "Investing" in Nassau County stop and finally payoff? I've been investing for over 40 years and am forced to invest more each year. Wang wants it... let Wang pay for it!!
Nat Krieger August 01, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Wang wanted to pay for it with the Lighthouse project but the Town of Hempstead wouldn't allow the project. I still say that the cost of this project is a pittance for the return we'll get..unless you want to see the Islanders leave and leave the building vacant. Of course we can all vote no, let the Islanders leave..we can then tear down the Coliseum and put up yet another strip mall with vacant stores which will contribute NOTHING to the economy. Am I happy about my taxes increasing, NO..but this is by far the lesser of two evils..
Howard Kudler August 01, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Let’s ALL Sing— (A little ditty I wrote To the tune of Take me out to the Ball Game) I don’t want NO NEW TAXES, I don’t want to pay more! Why do the Pols tax me out of my home, When the Yankees and Mets did it all on their own? Oh, The Islanders claim to be leaving, but I think it's my neighbors instead, 'Cause it’s 4, or 5, or 6 hundred M bucks that placing us more in the red! Please VOTE NO! for New Taxes on August 1st (Monday)! PS- I launched this campaign on my own! No Party, Union or Corporation put me up to this! The County wants the Sports Arena to make the profits, while we pay the Rent! Any Questions? Howard Kudler Your Neighbor

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