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Judge dismisses suit challenging ONEOK Field funding

Tulsa DrillersWell, that didn’t take long: Tulsa County Associate Judge Dana Kuehn ended a lawsuit challenging assessments against downtown businesses used to pay for ONEOK Field, the home of the Tulsa Drillers (Class AA; Texas League).

True, it was a pretty low threshold to victory: all the city (the defendent in the case, not the Drillers) needed to do was prove that officials had a “rational basis” for moving ahead with the assessment in the belief that investing in the ballpark would improve downtown property rates (which they have, apparently, if recent sales are any indication).

Marc Price, owner of Better Price Warehouse Sales Co., says his property values are not affected by the ballpark; hence the lawsuit. His attorney, natch, promises an appeal.

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