Voters to Decide if Tax Will Finance $22M Parks Project
by KAREE MAGEE Bismarck Tribune March 2015
The project includes a new two-rink hockey arena, including gymnastics facilities, a new football and track field, and conversion of a football and track field into ball fields.
HS Fundraisers 'Devastated' Over $1M Field Flap
by Lauren FitzPatrick March 2015
Chicago Public Schools told Wells Community Academy High School either needed to raise the entire $2+ million privately, or else let CPS run the project with some public money and approved vendors, which would cost, the district said, about twice as much.
Economists: Owners Benefit Most from New Stadiums
by Jerry Zremski News Washington Bureau Chief March 2015
President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal includes a little-noticed provision that would bar the use of tax-exempt bond financing for new stadium projects.
Citizen Group Pushes for $88M Aquatic and Rec Center
by The Bismarck Tribune March 2015
The group calling itself Citizens for Minot's Future supports a tax system amendment to pay for the 450,000-square foot center.
Community Supports Footing Tax Bill for Church Ballpark
by Emily Attwood March 2015
While nonprofit and religious organizations have been under the microscope in recent years when it comes to tax-exempt status of their fitness and recreation facilities, voters in Boscawen, N.H. last night approved a plan that would donated $6,000 to a local church to cover property taxes and maintenance on its baseball field.
The field, owned by Boscawen Congregational Church, was built in 1915 and has been offered free for use by local groups over the last century, including Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball and Softball. But in 2014, the city’s tax assessor determined that because the lot was not being used for religious purposes, it was not tax exempt, and the church was billed $1,600.
In addition to covering the property tax bill, the city’s donation will also help defray maintenance and upkeep costs for the church ballpark. Church and community volunteers had been assisting with the efforts and will continue to do so.
“It does need some work,” Merrimack Valley Little League president Eric Crane told the Concord Monitor. “Our plan has always been to revitalize and rebuild the church park.”
Not all voters agreed that the donation was a grand slam, however. “My concern isn’t about the kids playing baseball. If you give money to one nonprofit, how do you deny others that come forward?” one resident asked.
Privately Funded $5M Prep Stadium Could Open in 2016
by Nick Blizzard, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) March 2015
Miamisburg school district officials have committed to building an athletic complex - estimated to cost about $5 million - that will include a football stadium at Miamisburg High School.
City Welcomes $22K Donation for Youth Baseball Program
by Tim Eberly February 2015
When Norfolk started a youth baseball program geared toward predominantly black communities a decade ago, some children would show up wearing jeans and without baseball gloves.
WVU Athletics on Pace to Set Fundraising Records
by MIKE CASAZZA, DAILY MAIL SPORTSWRITER February 2015
The Mountaineer Athletic Club began the 2014-15 financial cycle by setting record highs in four of the first seven months. It has already created new seven-month highs and is tracking toward all-time highs for an entire year, according to executive director Matt Borman.
High School Secures $250K Sponsor for Athletic Pavilion
by Jeff Rumage, North Shore NOW (Bayside, WI) February 2015
A proposed athletic pavilion at Homestead High School would be named Sommer's Subaru Pavilion as recognition for the auto dealership's $250,000 donation to the facility.
Idaho Plans Aggressive Fundraising for $30M Arena
by Sean Kramer Correspondent February 2015
The University of Idaho is moving forward with plans to raise funds for a $30 million multiuse on-campus arena, UI president Chuck Staben and athletic director Rob Spear informed the Idaho State Board of Education at a meeting Thursday afternoon.