This is in response to a recent article about TIFs by Naomi Schalit, of Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, which appeared in the newspapers’ online versions.

The Bank of Maine Ice Vault in Hallowell is referenced in this article as having received a TIF from the city of Hallowell. The Skating Association of Maine would like to discuss the value of awarding this TIF to rink owner Peter Prescott, and the influence that this TIF has had on the community members who gather at the rink.

The Skating Association of Maine is a nonprofit with a home office at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault. Our mission is to encourage and promote ice skating programs in the state.

Through the generosity of Prescott and the city, our organization is able to provide ice time, learn-to-skate programs, hockey games, figure skating and events for more than 400 families from more than 50 Maine communities.

Skating is about building community and honing skills that build core values. It allows the opportunity for our youth to follow their dreams and build community on and off the ice.

We wish to thank the city of Hallowell for awarding this TIF, which helped allow the rebuilding of the rink. We also want to thank Prescott for taking a chance on our youth and building the Bank of Maine Ice Vault so that the Skating Association of Maine is able to run affordable programs for all.

Kathy CarrHallowellon behalf of Skating Associationof Maine Board of Directors

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