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VIRGINIA GOVERNOR JOINS BASEBALL EXPANSION EFFORT
Published October 28, 1994
VA Governor George Allen has joined the efforts of two Northern VA groups trying to lure a baseball expansion franchise to the area. If a team is granted, Allen adminstration officials said that the state will create a VA Baseball Stadium Authority that could issue tax-exempt bonds to cover stadium, parking and transportation costs. Allen is also considering personally delivering Northern VA's plan to MLB officials in Chicago next week. In an interview, Allen said state aid ultimately "has to have a payoff" in economic benefit to the area. Five sites are under consideration for a proposed stadium, most located near Dulles Airport in the DC suburban area. Fairfax County officials are in Richmond today to "work out financial details" with Allen administration officials. The "key question" in raising bonds is the source of repayment. Parking fees and ticket taxes are possible revenue sources, but "general" taxpayer money could be included. Fairfax County Board Chair Thomas Davis, who is in a tight race for a Congressional seat, said he intends to form a task force next week to study possible stadium sites (Peter Baker, WASHINGTON POST, 10/28).