BANGOR- A busy night at the Bangor City Council meeting Monday night, with one main topic focusing on the progress of a Bangor facility thus far, and another focusing on the city’s future.
Starting with a letter of concern over the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, seven councilors signed onto a letter tonight expressing worry for the future of Bangor’s economy.
With Bangor acting as a hub for medical care, jobs and quality service could be on the line.
“Financial concerns about its impact on Bangor, the losses to the hospitals is going to be in the millions of dollars, which means jobs which is very important to our economy, healthcare is a very major part of the greater Bangor economy, in addition to people losing coverage,” said council chair Joe Baldacci.
That letter will be sent to state officials on Monday.
Also discussed at the meeting was an annual report on the Cross Insurance Center.
Since it’s opening in September of 2013, the arena has exceeded all expectations.
The city originally expected a $300,000 subsidy, but has instead seen a $200,000 profit.
“When we had the auditorium, the city had to routinely put in three to four hundred thousand per year. To not have to put in any subsidy to realize a profit is a huge financial gain for Bangor,” said Baldacci.
The Cross Insurance Center is expected to see its one millionth guest sometime this year.