Owners of a baseball stadium planned for York would pay the city, county and school district $100,000 a year for 20 years under a proposal made Monday night to the York City School Board.

The figure represents nearly twice what the three governments collect in property taxes currently, said Darrell Auterson, who made the proposal. Auterson is president and chief executive officer of the York County Economic Development Corp.

Under the plan, the school district would receive $60,800 a year, the city would get $29,400 and the county would see $9,800.

The three taxing bodies currently collect a total of $51,312 for the property - $31,195 for schools, $15,085 for the city and $5,032 for the county - according to figures provided by Auterson.

The stadium will be owned by the York County Industrial Development Authority, a nonprofit, making the stadium tax-exempt. Stadium backers promised the payments to ensure local governments benefit from the project.

"We feel that's important," Auterson said.

The proposed payments were higher than what school board chairman Jeffrey Kirkland said he has seen to date from stadium backers.

"It's a move in the right direction," Kirkland said. However, he said he would like to see the figures move higher.

Auterson said the stadium could pay more in the future, depending on revenue. Janis Rozelle, a write-in candidate for mayor, said any promise to make higher payments should be put in writing.


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"This is not acceptable," Rozelle said of Auterson's proposal. She said the payments should be higher and that they should increase over time.

Shopping center: School board members also discussed the proposal for a shopping center across the street from Alexander D. Goode Elementary School.

Board members continue to oppose the plan in its current form but said their views could change if developers altered their proposal.