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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The quest to build a new stadium for the Texas Rangers is one step closer after today’s unanimous 9-0 vote by the Arlington City Council to put the issue on the November ballot.
The city council chamber was packed Tuesday afternoon as those in opposition made pitches to influence the council not to vote in favor of putting the issue on the ballot.
Many of the people who spoke were the same people who addressed the council last week before its first vote.
Arlington residents would put up $500 million of the $1 billion cost of the new ballpark and the team would pay the other half.
Like many opponents, Richard Weber said he thinks taxpayers are funding too much.
“It’s a bad deal because the citizens don’t get enough and the Rangers get everything,” said Weber. “You’re paying billionaires and a half cent sales tax for them generates as much as it generates for the general fund.”
And if it seems like the city rushed through the project — there’s a reason for that.
They wanted to get the issue on the ballot for the November presidential election when turnout would work in favor of supporters, as it did in 2004 when the Cowboys Stadium was approved.
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