Residents to Vote on Baseball Stadium Funding

Residents to Vote on Baseball Stadium Funding

POSTED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 4:21pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 9:20am

3 Items Added to Nov. 6 Ballot

Who will pay to build the Triple-A baseball stadium?

That decision's now up to El Paso residents. 

City Council voted to put three items for the Quality of Life bond initiative on the November 6th ballot.

Voters will decide if they want to increase the hotel occupancy tax, which would raise hotel room prices two-percent to pay for the ball park.

Residents will also decide whether to approve two separate bonds worth nearly $500 million to improve parks, the zoo, libraries and other entertainment facilities.

One city council rep says there's the possibility that El Pasoans will vote it all down.

"Obviously people are really upset that we're basically shoving the ballpark down their throats," said Rep. Eddie Holguin. "They're having to pay for it. And they're not having a say, so absolutely there's going to be a backlash. But how much? I don't know. We'll have to wait until November to see."

The bonds would cost the average homeowner an extra $40 a year in taxes. The council is now in the process of nominating members of a committee that will oversee the bond initiative moneys once they're approved by the voters.

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