Mayor Cook: Ballpark deal is locked in

POSTED: 04:59 PM MDT Jul 09, 2012    UPDATED: 05:02 PM MDT Jul 09, 2012 
Artist rending of Downtown baseball stadium
EL PASO, Texas -

A new development in El Paso's pursuit of Triple-A baseball.

El Paso Mayor John Cook tells El Paso Inc. he learned today that if voters reject a proposed increase in the city's hotel occupancy tax to pay for a new baseball stadium, the city would be firmly committed to build it anyway - as long as MountainStar Sports Group has acquired the Tucson Padres.

Last week, Cook threatened to veto the sale of tax bonds to pay for the $50 million stadium and the demolition of City Hall - if a November ballot measure to raise the hotel tax on visitors fails.

Read the full El Paso Inc. article here.