Bring on the Bears Admissions tax hearing set

first_imgAfter weeks of all-quiet-on-the-baseball-front, a proposal to bring the Yakima Bears to Vancouver has been revived by considerably lower construction estimates and a significant pledge of future donations — up to $3.5 million — from the Clark -College Foundation.With a new funding proposal in place, Clark County commissioners will have a public hearing on the most significant funding source: a 5 percent admissions tax.The hearing will be 10 a.m. Nov. 29 at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.A draft of the admissions tax ordinance will be available to review on Friday, said Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart.When asked whether the admissions tax would apply to the Clark County Fair — which Commissioner Marc Boldt said in September might be a deal breaker — Stuart said the details are still being worked out.Initially, the owners of the Yakima Bears, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, said in May they would pay 30 percent of capital costs and pay for ongoing maintenance and operations. The 5 percent admissions tax would be more widely applied — with an exemption for nonprofit organizations — and revenues would fund 70 percent.Commissioners rejected that proposal.Stuart suggested in August that the tax would be limited, adding 5 percent to the cost of admission to movie theaters, the Sleep Country Amphitheater, the Clark County Fair and a proposed stadium at Clark College.last_img read more