Athletics’ proposed deal for $1.5 billion stadium in Las Vegas is in jeopardy after Nevada’s legislative session ends without approval for $380 million in tax credits and county bonds
- The bill could not pass due to disagreements between the parties that lasted until Monday evening
- The A’s shouldn’t pay property taxes for their new stadium, if the bill passes
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A plan to help build a stadium for the Oakland Athletics in Las Vegas is underway after Nevada lawmakers adjourned their legislative session for four months.
The future of the contentious bill is now uncertain after the Democratic-controlled legislature did not advance it by the midnight deadline as Monday turned into Tuesday.
The proposal could potentially be considered in a special legislative session on a date to be determined later, where lawmakers would vote on it later.
Lawmakers also failed to pass one of the five major budget bills that provided more than $1 billion to fund capital improvement projects that fund public works and state construction, which would also probably be considered for an extraordinary session.
The measure failed in the Senate as they ran out of time for a second vote after disagreements between the parties lasted until the midnight deadline.
A special legislative session in Nevada ended without a vote on the Stadium A bill this week
Public funding for the $1.5 billion stadium would come from $380 million of taxpayers’ money
Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo will call a special session Tuesday after Monday’s adjournment
In a statement at 1 a.m., Republican Gov. Lombardo said he would convene a special session later Tuesday morning where he would set the agenda for legislative priorities.
Now the timeline is murky for a bill that has reignited the national debate over public funding of private sports stadiums – a move that could add to Las Vegas’ growing sports scene amid economists’ concerns and skepticism about the minimal benefits for a high public price. .
The bulk of public funding for the $1.5 billion retractable roof stadium would come from $380 million in public assistance, partly $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds – loans backed by taxpayers, to help fund projects and a special neighborhood tax around the stadium.
The backers promised that the district would generate enough money to pay off these bonds and interest.
John Fisher has been pushing for his A’s to move since taking over the team in 16
A fans protest against the team’s potential transfer to Las Vegas during a game against the Reds on April 28
The A’s would not have to pay property taxes for the public stadium, and Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would also contribute $25 million in credit for infrastructure costs.
Also potentially up for consideration in the special session is a major movie tax credit bill that would involve up to $190 million a year for at least 20 years to recruit major movie studios to Vegas. Sony announced that it would undertake a $1 billion expansion in Las Vegas with a competitive agreement.
A’s owner John Fisher, heir to the Gap sartorial fortune and worth an estimated $2.2 billion, has never really made a secret that he wants to uproot the team.
Since taking over in 2005, it has flirted with moves to San Jose and Fremont, before asking – whimsically – for $855 million in public money to help build a new baseball stadium at Howard Terminal on the waterfront. Oakland Sea.
Now that he gets what he wants by moving the A’s to Las Vegas, ball club stadium plans should be finished in time for the 2027 season.