Tax, surcharge would fund Cubs facility

Updated: February 9, 2010, 1:13 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill to raise money for a new spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs.

Phoenix Republican Rep. John McComish introduced the measure late Monday. It would increase car-rental taxes and levy a surcharge on all tickets for spring-training baseball games in Arizona.

The bill does not specify an amount for the tax or surcharge. McComish has said those details will be worked out later. McComish says the state needs to raise $59 million of the stadium's $84 million cost.

Owners of other baseball teams that train in Arizona last week said a ticket surcharge would be an unfair expense on their fans. Cubs supporters have said all teams benefit from the Cubs because the Chicago team increases attendance at their away games.


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