WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (AP) -- The Winston-Salem board of aldermen
has decided not to take a position on a proposal to use taxpayers' money
to help build a $210 million major-league baseball stadium in the Triad.
The aldermen voted 6-2 Monday against the board taking a stand on the
proposal, which will be decided by voters in Forsyth and Guilford counties
in a May 5 referendum.
Vernon Robinson and Steve Whiton cast the dissenting votes.
Guilford County commissioners plan to approve a resolution Thursday
opposing the creation of a 1 percent prepared-foods tax and a 50-cent tax
on all baseball tickets to finance two-thirds of the cost of the stadium.
The taxes would be charged only if Major League Baseball awards a franchise
to an ownership group led by Hickory businessman Don Beaver.
Whiton said he expects that Forsyth and Guilford county commissioners
will eventually have to raise property taxes to help pay for the debt on
"I can hear the public hollering now," he said.
Baseball supporters claim the stadium will provide jobs and improve
the quality of life in Forsyth County. Opponents dislike the idea of taxpayers
shelling out money for a privately-owned team.