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The facts are clear. The Cubs are responsible for the costs in excess of the $84 million stadium costs + the $15 million for infrastructure cost. The Cubs also take over operations of the Stadium, saving Mesa $2 million per year ($60 million over the 30 year term). The Cubs also will invest in the Wrigleyville development concept. Their investment in Wrigleyville will not only keep more activity and benefits within Mesa, but it will also act as a strong incentive to keep the Cubs here for the length of the 30 year agreement and beyond.
You are saying that with the non-binding city’s agreements with the Chicago Cubs, the stadium will cost up to $99 million to build, and will be paid for by Mesa's public funds, if Proposition 420 is approved.
The new complex is expected to include a new ballpark, team facilities and a retail and restaurant area, as well as practice fields adjacent to the stadium.
Forget about what the city will be spending, including a firm limit to all of the costs, and what Mesa is getting in specific commitments from the Chicago Cubs team . . . Just vote blindfolded on the proposition and ask questions later.
The proposition only allows the city to exceed $1.5 million, which by law the city is required to get voter approval. There are other agreements in place that cap the amount at $99M. It doesn't have to be spelled out in the Proposition for that to be true.
“That will change Nov. 2 if voters approve Proposition 420, which would allow Mesa to spend $84 million for a new Cubs spring training facility near Mesa Riverview, and up to $15 million in infrastructure upgrades….. But the city and team have already approved a memorandum of understanding that caps the city’s expenditure on the facility at that $99 million total.”
A signed non-binding city’s agreement with the Chicago baseball team . . of course.
No way does Proposition 420, which would authorize this spending, spell out what a new stadium will actually cost Mesa residents. And there is No Cost Cap for taxpayer-funded Cubs’ stadium.
No $99 million giveaway to a billionaire MLB owner.
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