The Civic Center needs to be renovated to bring it up to modern standards. As an economic engine to Portland and the County, it is well worth the money to improve it. civiccenterforme.com:
Voters will be asked to approve a $33 million bond on November 8th. Two leading national economic research companies agree there will be substantial revenue increases if the renovations to the CCCC are implemented. These revenue projections show there will be no new net taxes for residents of Cumberland County. The enhancements will allow the Civic Center to attract new shows which would currently not come to the Cumberland County Civic Center. The enhancements will also provide a much better experience for people who attend events at the civic center. The overall experience will be greatly enhanced by improvements and increase in restrooms; the expansion of the concourse; new seating including premium seating; increase in concession stands; major improvements for handicap access and seating and numerous other necessary upgrades. The loading dock on Center Street will also be upgraded providing better service to acts that perform at the civic center and enable the Civic Center to attract new acts. This will be the first renovation since the Civic Center opened 34 years ago.