The February 9-15, 2020 issue of El Paso Inc. had an interview with our first city manager.
Then came … a $44 million ballot item for a new ballpark that more than 70% of voters supported…
The voters were never asked to approve a ballpark. They were asked to approve using hotel occupancy taxes to pay for it. If the voters declined approval the bill would have been added to our property taxes. This is what we voted on:
VENUE PROJECT AND HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX PROPOSITION
“AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS, TO DESIGNATE THE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STADIUM PROJECT AS A SPORTS AND COMMUNITY VENUE PROJECT WITHIN THE CITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW AND TO IMPOSE A TAX ON THE OCCUPANCY OF A ROOM IN A HOTEL LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY, AT THE MAXIMUM RATE OF TWO PERCENT (2%) OF THE PRICE PAID FOR SUCH ROOM, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING SUCH VENUE PROJECT.”
The Inc’s $44 million number is not true either.
Back in August of 2015 we wrote Latest ballpark numbers and showed our portion of the cost to be over $64 million.
The Inc reporter has been around a long time.
Why would he blatantly misstate the facts?
We deserve better