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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) – The Arlington city council will consider final approval of a plan for a new billion-dollar, taxpayer-subsidized stadium for the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
If approved, a measure goes on the November ballot calling on Arlington residents to approve new taxes for the project.
Opponents of the plan have filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission, against the city and the pro-stadium campaign.
That complaint accuses them of misleading voters by saying no new taxes are required to fund the stadium, and by claiming the Rangers will leave Arlington without the project.
Warraen Norred is with the group ‘Save Our Stadium’, which aims to keep the current ballpark. He says the Rangers haven’t said they’re going anywhere.
“As late as last year, they (Texas Rangers organization) said the stadium is doing fine, it’s ageing well” said Norred.
Michael Jacobson with Arlington Chamber of Commerce admits, he hasn’t heard anything from the Rangers management about leaving the city.
“I have not had that specific discussion with the team” said Jacobson.
The Rangers’ lease on the current ballpark lasts until 2024.
The city of Arlington says the proposed tax would be an extension of a current tax.
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