Should the new auditorium and civic center be put on hold?

Posted Feb. 09, 2009, at 4:45 p.m.

An economy that is grinding to a halt can be seen as a good reason to stall planning a new

Bangor auditorium and civic center. But is it? Should the city continue to plan for the

new facilities because they are economic development tools? Will the recession translate

into lower consultant fees and lower construction bids? Or will continuing to move

forward on the project leave Bangor property taxpayers holding the bag? Will the

recession be over by the time ground is broken? Or will hard times remain, thereby

reducing the need for new facilities?