POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 8:58pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 1:49pm
El Paso — The fate of a new Triple A baseball stadium will likely be decided next week. The El Paso City Council will vote next Tuesday whether to authorize the city manager to sign a lease between the city and Mountain Star Sports Group to bring the team here. Under the proposed deal, the city would lease the new stadium to the MountainStar Sports Group for $200,000 a year. The city would also collect a 10 cent ticket surcharge.
However, some council representatives say they have several questions that need to be answered before next Tuesday."If this new ball park is going to revitalize downtown, and bring about great change into our region, then why are we thinking 20 years from now we're going to be a low income city? Why are we thinking 10 years from now a 10 cent surcharge is equitable. I need to know that. I need to know that," said City Council Representative Emma Acosta from District 3.
If the deal is approved, city officials say El Paso would be the lowest per capita income city in the Pacific Coast League.