Frago writes Jim Kennedy and Steve Kornell have been meeting with county commissioners , but nobody is spilling the beans about any of the details yet.
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Frago writes of the timing of the talks:
Welch credited a recent proposal to use county tourist tax dollars on a spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves for spurring Kornell's and Kennedy's receptiveness to a new deal with the Rays.Meanwhile, don't ignore a subtler-yet-potentially-more-consequential headline: Hillsborough County bed tax receipts broke another record in FY15. The $26.8 million in tourist tax revenues - up 13% from FY14 - are inching close to the $30 million mark necessary to unlock the sixth cent of collections.
"I believe Jim (Kennedy) understands now that the bed tax dollars from the commission are at risk now," Welch said. "I hope he gets it."
The Braves have asked for up to $10.5 million in annual bed tax money if they build on the 240-acre former "Toytown" landfill.
So far, only Gerdes' plan is on the agenda for next Thursday's meeting.
Whenever Hillsborough County cracks the $30 million annual revenue barrier, it will be able to bond somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 million more in construction bonds that could go toward a new stadium. Of course, it could also go toward other important things in the community, but what Tampanian wants to hear that??
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