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Hearing on new Clark County ballpark set for end of November

Yakima BearsClark County Commissioners will once again discuss the issue of a 5 percent amusement tax to fund a new Vancouver (Wash.) ballpark for the relocating Yakima Bears (short season A; Northwest League).

The hearing is set for Nov. 29.

There’s a race of sorts for a Minor League Baseball team to set up operations in the greater Portland (Ore.) area, considered to be the top open market in baseball. The Bears had a leg up after receiving permission from the N.A. to work out a ballpark plan, which ended up being a $22.7-million, 3,500-seat facility on the Clark County campus. But Yakima’s exclusive rights to the market expired, and a competing plan from Milwaukie officials emerged: a 4,000-seat ballpark to be built on the Portland-Milwaukie light-rail corridor at a a state-owned maintenance yard.

On the table is a 5 percent amusement tax, which at one point was considered to be insufficient to generate enough revenue for the project. If the tax is back on the table, it probably means another source of income — either through the team or another government entity — has been identified.

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