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First off, the current working agreement involves the owners group funding all stadium construction. The entertainment tax that has been proposed is still on the table, but is now planned to be used for maintenance of the proposed ballpark. That tax is drawing an opposition, but yet to be determined if that is significant. There will be a vote on a non-binding agreement, apparently set for July 26, that truly starts the ball rolling.
There's another way in which the tax can complicate things: because the county proposes to levy it, they want the city of Vancouver to promise not to levy their own entertainment tax. I sense the votes are there to authorize that, but again, it's a tricky time to be entertaining any tax.
That the owners are willing to go all out on constructing the stadium tells me how much they value the Portland market. There's maybe half a dozen souls in the area who realize that the owners will take the whole Portland market with this move, only half of whom are even raising a half-hearted stink about it, none of whom are powerful enough, or otherwise inclined, to actually do something about it.
The words "October construction" with a June completion timeframe are now out there. That's not unreasonable given how fast the east stand went up in old PGE Park (with more complications, BTW).
One more thing to point out: there's an artist's rendition in that article; there's now an architectural rendering on Facebook from another angle that looks pretty similar (from a different angle). I'll try to post that later. My point: it appears to be easily expandable if these owners want to entertain returning AAA to the area.
Many of you probably know that the process is snagged. Certainly, you can tell by the timeline that a revised plan was sort of promised at the end of September and still hasn't materialized.
The key issue, kind of familiar around here: Clark County determined that the tax proposed wouldn't cover their portion of the cost of construction (which, for some reason, went back to being the plan of choice).
You can also see a mention (I'll let it fall short of "threat") of the Milwaukie proposal. That has its own issues (the city thinks the owner is going to pay for the whole construction component), I don't know.
I'm not sure I wanted to get in line with the Ballpark Digest take on the negotiations, but I may have to give them credit. Apparently, NWL has a 50-mile territorial radius. That puts both the Hillsboro and Milwaukie proposals within Salem-Keizer's territory. While I argue the Vancouver proposal was also in that 50-mile radius (just barely, one way or the other), I think the Volcanoes management wants a bit more out of either idea. As such, the league now has a problem trying to tap into the obvious market without trudging on current membership. I don't know how the league fixes this mess... but Hillsboro has the money if this clears up.
However, where Ballpark Digest falls down is the notion that Hillsboro could consider WCL. Answer would be an obvious no. Same for Milwaukie.
So Ballpark Digest was possibly more wrong, and now me with it.
First Milwaukie complains the league isn't talking to them, then Hillsboro comes out of nowhere and gets a deal done, now it turns out that there's jockeying, the league plans to accomodate a second ballpark in the Portland market, and someone's ready to move.
Still, the Milwaukie proposal is said to go to a vote in November. Um...