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Marion County delays discussing plan to recruit Yankees farm team

TAMPA — The Marion County Commission will postpone until Jan. 7 consideration of a sales tax measure that would allow the county to build a stadium for the New York Yankees' Class A Advanced minor league team, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.

In October, the Yankees and Ocala officials outlined a plan to move the minor league team — but not the Yankees' more lucrative spring training operation — from Tampa to Marion County.

Ocala and Marion County officials have talked about asking voters there to raise the sales tax by half a cent for three years to help pay for a new stadium.

But the Star-Banner reported that Marion County officials first want to look at other potential sources of funding.

This year, the Tampa Yankees drew 118,770 fans to George M. Steinbrenner Field — the fourth-highest attendance in the 12-team Florida State League — averaging 1,827 fans per game.

Marion County delays discussing plan to recruit Yankees farm team 12/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:10pm]
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