While the developer New England Expedition waits for a ruling from the Maine Revenue Services, further work with the town on the Haigis Parkway project has been put on hold.

Until the state gives anchor store Cabela’s a ruling on whether it will be required to charge Maine store customers a sales tax on catalog or Internet purchases, New England Expedition will not move forward on a review before the Scarborough Planning Board, said the developer’s lawyer, Rick Shinay,

The Nebraska-based Cabela’s argues that it is actually three separate companies – Internet, catalog and the physical store. Because the catalog and Internet companies would still be located in other states, the company argues its customers should continue to be exempted from the state’s sales tax. Cabela’s has threatened to withdraw from the project if the state rules against it.

At the Oct. 10 planning board meeting, the entire project, which also includes a Hampton Inn Suites hotel, restaurants, a bank and retail and office buildings, was scheduled for review. However, the items were tabled at Shinay’s request until a tax ruling is issued.

“Given the situation with Cabela’s,” said Shinay, “we’re asking that these items be postponed. Our feeling was we didn’t want to take up the board’s time with a large presentation when we haven’t heard a ruling.” Without Cabela’s, said Shinay, the project will not go forward.

The board scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., for the project. If a ruling doesn’t come before then, it will be postponed.


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