- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The city of Hartford is hoping to pay off a planned minor league baseball stadium with proceeds from the state’s admission tax on tickets.

City leaders, including Mayor Pedro Segarra, appeared Monday before the legislature’s Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee to support legislation that would transfer the 10 percent tax on each ticket, about $426,000 annually, to a special account used to pay down debt from building the stadium.

Segarra said “in no way” will taxpayer money pay for the stadium. He said this proposal ensures only those using the stadium would pay the admissions tax, which would be redistributed back to the city.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano opposes the bill, saying the private ballpark should not receive special treatment after moving the team from New Britain.

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