November 18, 2004

Time running out for baseball in Allentown

Lehigh Valley needs approval of a .75 percent hotel tax hike to match $12 million raised by state

Affiliated baseball, possibly a Phillies single-A farm club, many fall through the cracks for the baseball-starved Lehigh Valley region, Dan Sheehen reported in Sunday’s Morning Call.

Democratic lawmakers, lead by State Reps. Jennifer Mann, D-Lehigh, and T.J. Rooney, D-Northampton, are meeting opposition to push through an increase in the regional hotel tax, from 3.5 percent to 4.25 percent, Sheehen reported. The tax increase in necessary to match the $12 million raised by the state to pay for a stadium in east Allentown.

They may have only until tomorrow, the end of the year’s legislative session, to push the plan through.


Reading Phillies owner Craig Stein wants affiliated baseball in Allentown, but faces opposition from local lawmakers.

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