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Lawmakers debate ticket tax for Hartford Yard Goats stadium

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Construction continued at Dunkin Donuts stadium on Friday. (WFSB) Construction continued at Dunkin Donuts stadium on Friday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

For many lawmakers in the state, including Gov. Dannel Malloy, the concern remains as to whether the city of Hartford or state taxpayers will fund the completion of the new baseball stadium in Hartford.

After numerous economic shortcomings, Hartford’s stadium is slated to open in less than two months.

Malloy said that the cost of the stadium is a Hartford issue and the city should be footing the bill.

"I made it clear right from the start I did not want the state to aid in the cost of that stadium,” Malloy said. “We don't build a stadium to steal a team from one community to another.”

From start to finish, the cost of the Dunkin Donuts stadium will cost about $65 million. A 10 percent sales tax will be tacked on to ticket prices.

“The tax is going to be paid,” Oz Griebel, a member of the Hartford State Authority said. “The question is where does that 10 percent go? Does it go to the state as it does in many cases?"

Currently, there is a bill in the state legislature that proposes the sales tax on those tickets should go back to the city of Hartford to help cover the cost of the park.

Yet other lawmakers argue that it should go the state. However, the state didn’t build the park and some said they feel the state shouldn’t benefit from the stadium tax.

“At the end of the day, it seems to make sense that given the city's financial condition and given that revenues directly generated from the ballpark,” Bob Landino, a member of Downtown North, who oversees development of the stadium said. “The team that the money should rightfully be a part of the city's revenue estimate."

Opening day has been delayed until the end of May.