- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Proponents of Arlington taxpayer funding for a $1 billion retractable-roof Texas Rangers stadium have won approval.

With 98 percent of the vote counted, voters approved by a 60-to-40-percent margin Tuesday the extension of a half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel-occupancy tax and 5 percent car-rental tax for a new home for the Major League Baseball team. That revenue now goes to defraying Arlington’s $155 million debt on its share of the cost of the NFL Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T; Stadium, which opened in 2009.

The vote also allows a 10 percent admission tax and a $3 parking tax for the Rangers‘ use, the same deal reached for the Cowboys.

Although the Rangers hadn’t publicly threatened to leave, a team representative held preliminary talks with Dallas officials about a covered stadium there.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide