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Voters decide on Astrodome yet some demolition work underway

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Judgment day for the Dome is November 5th but you wouldn't know it as parts of the stadiums exterior turns to dust.

You got to wonder, is having a dog and pony show with bulldozers and rubble going to confuse voters?

"Our concern is the word got out somehow that demolishing of the Astrodome has started and that's not the case," said Edgar Colon, with the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation.

Colon says the work being done now had to be done if the dome survives election day or not.

"There's also on the east side there's some asbestos remediating," Colon said. "That's work we have to do regardless."

Opened in 1965 the Astrodome was dubbed the eighth wonder of the world.

But since 2009 it's been more of a "what the heck are we going to do with it now?"

"We are the voice for historic preservation," said Beth Wiedower with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The National Trust is part of a well heeled push to keep the Dome.

That organization has named the Astrodome as one of America's 35 National Treasures.

"The dome is nationally significant," Wiedower said. ""It was the first of it's kind in the world first domed stadium. It is a marvel."

But treasures aren't cheap.

If voters decide to save the dome they will pay for it out of their own pockets.

A property increase of around half a cent per 100 dollars of assessed value.

So if your home is worth 200 thousand dollars your taxes will go up 8 bucks a year.

While no tax money is being used to sway voters, those supporting the "new dome experience" are everywhere with websites and videos touting the dome as an event and exhibition center.

"The Astrodome can again play a role as the first of it's kind in the world as a multi-purpose special event venue and an economic driver for Houston and Harris County well into the future," Wiedower said.

No doubt there are folks out there who say stick a fork in it, the dome is done.

But so far there's been no high dollar push to sway no votes and time is running out.

Those in opposition include Houston Chronicle columnist Ken Hoffman.

Hoffman told Fox 26, "If private business wants to spend to renovate the dome fine. But no tax dollars for another rich persons amusement. We have enough convention centers already."

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