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ASTROS BALLPARK CLEARS ANOTHER HURDLE, WITH MINOR CHANGES
Published January 8, 1997
After "arguing for months" over an agreement to build a new stadium for the Astros, Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a new letter of intent with the team, according to John Williams in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. A "key change" allows the court to review the agreement after the State Legislature session this year. The "court could then make future changes or even cancel the stadium plans if the Legislature fails to approve adequate funding mechanisms to build sports facilities in Houston." The change was made "largely to ensure that all parties interested in new sports facilities work together in lobbying the Legislature." If the state does not allow enough new taxing mechanisms, "such as a rental car tax and others," for both a new baseball and football facility, commissioners can reject plans for a downtown stadium for the Astros (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/8).