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ORLANDO BASEBALL BID PICKS POOR TIMING FOR STADIUM SNAG
Published December 7, 1994
A disagreement with Orange County, FL, over stadium revenue has put Norton Herrick's bid for an Orlando expansion baseball franchise in jeopardy. A dispute has arisen over excess resort tax revenues and how they should be used. The Orange County Commission postponed a vote on funding a baseball stadium Tuesday until next week, just one day before Orlando is to make its "twice-postponed" presentation to the MLB expansion committee in Chicago. Herrick, who was "obviously displeased" by the Commission's decision said he "will weigh his options, which include not attending the presentation next week." Herrick: "I'm not going to subject baseball to any problems the city and county have." Herrick wants the extra revenue from a penny tax increase to the resort tax be put towards improvements for the stadium once it is built and for retiring debt on an adjacent garage. The county "did not want to obligate itself to those items." Orange County Commission Chair Linda Chapin didn't think the expansion bid was in trouble over the last hitch, "calling it part of the negotiating process" (Bill Fay, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/7).