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As the race for Orange County Executive nears, the question remains unanswered for the future of the Orange County Government Center. As YNN's Jessica Chen reports, another public forum was held.
GOSHEN, N.Y. -- On Monday, the group Taxpayers of Orange County held a public forum to discuss the future of the Orange County Government Center.
"The building should not be touched in any way, not demolished, not one iota of it," said Nancy Kearing, founder of Taxpayers of Orange County.
Kearing said discussing the future of the center is even more crucial as a new county executive will be voted into office by the end of the year. Many people are wondering what the candidates to replace Ed Diana plan to do with the building.
Candidate Roxanne Donnery said she wants to renovate the building. Steve Neuhaus said he wants to have construction underway within six months of taking office.
It remains unclear if Neuhaus wants to demolish it completely, or renovate the facility.
"I don’t know what he does think, I’d like to know I’d like to know specifically what he thinks," said Kearing.
Donnery attended Monday's meeting, but Neuhaus was not there.
"The structure of the building is so strong it would cost millions to just try to demolish it," said Architect Sam Liebman.
The center was shut down after Tropical Storm Irene caused heavy damage in 2011. Orange County Legislature Mike Anagnostakis said the cost of renovating would be at least $20 million cheaper.
"But over a 30 year period that amount will double because of the bonding and interest rate that is paid back, so it’s a saving of about $40 million for taxpayers," said Anagnostakis.