Reno City Council to decide on new baseball agreement

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Updated: 1/30/2013 8:40 am
Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com)-- The Reno City Council is expected to vote on whether or not to approve the new Aces agreement Wednesday.

When the four new council members were sworn in in November they asked to revisit the revised agreement regarding baseball. Since, council members have been hashing out the details. Some council members are for the agreement and some are against.

For the past four years the Aces have called the heart of the Biggest Little City home.

"People I think in northern Nevada just love baseball," Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says.

Since the Reno Aces have been around the teams won a class, league, conference, and division title not to mention added a whole new vitality to downtown Reno.

"The Triple-A that we have here is one of the best in the country frankly and it's a family activity it gives family a reason to come downtown that otherwise may not come downtown," Clinger says.

It will be up to the Reno City Council to approve a new agreement to help pay for baseball and ultimately keep it in Reno.

Here's a breakdown of what the new agreement looks like: The first five years Reno will pay $850,000. About $100, 000 will come from increment taxes from the baseball district then $750,000 will come from from a fire station loan that has already been allocated into the budget.

From 6 to 10 years the payment will bump to $1.1 million.

Then, from 11 to 30 years it will go down to a $1 million a year. Totaling $30 million in 30 years.

Here's where the city will be getting all that money, a certain portion will come from special taxes from the baseball district.

The rest will come from the city's general fund which is what the city uses for basic services like Parks and Rec. and public safety and that money according to Clinger comes primarily from sales tax and property tax.

This is all if the council approves the agreement. If they don't there's the potential for a whole series of challenges like possibly loosing the team.

"What we're facing potentially is a ballpark that would be tied up in litigation that could be dark for a number of years. The possibility of us getting another Triple-A baseball team to Reno would be difficult at best," Clinger says.

Not to mention how much money having the team and stadium here pours into the local economy.

According to a UNR study if baseball were to leave Reno the region will lose 677 direct employees and $21.1 million.

"I think it goes back to the vision of what do you want Reno to be," Clinger says.

The city council meeting is Wed. at noon. News 4 will have a crew at the meeting to bring the latest updates.

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