CHARLESTON, W. Va. - In a special session of the West Virginia state legislature on Wednesday evening, the Morgantown Tax Increment Financing Bill was approved.
The Morgantown TIF bill creates a special tax district to help finance a new stadium, a new interchange along Interstate 79, along with space for retail and commercial businesses.
The $16.2 million baseball stadium would be for West Virginia University and possibly a New York-Penn League team.
According to the West Virginia MetroNews Network, the bill easily cleared the House and Senate. It was approved 34-0 in the Senate and 91-2 in the House.
The plan failed to gain approval in the 60-day regular session that ended on Saturday night because the House wanted the Senate to deal with a magistrate pay- raise bill.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he plans to sign the bill.
Last month there was a press conference at WVU where NY-P League president Ben Hayes and Pat O'Conner, president and chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball, discussed plans for the stadium and the possibility of an NY-P League team relocating there when it is completed in 2015. Several published reports incorrectly stated the Jamestown Jammers, who are affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, were named as the team and it was also reported they had filed relocation papers.
Hayes denied the reports that the team is the Jammers and also said no NY-P League teams had requested relocation.