by Sam Hieb
High Point City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday where city staff will present options for funding the proposed $30 million downtown baseball stadium without Guilford County’s participation.
If you remember, commissioners tabled High Point’s tax-increment financing plan at its Sept 21 meeting, which effectively killed the county’s participation due to the city’s ambitious goal of a spring 2019 opening date. Commissioner Jeff Phillips’ comments indicate the the city is indeed prepared to go it alone:
Commissioners have stressed that they have not rejected the city’s request, but need more time to hash out the financial details.
Phillips added, “That said, other than a voice message from one council member updating me after their last meeting, a brief email from Councilman Golden on Tuesday, and a certified letter from the Mayor yesterday (dated October 3rd), I have received no contact from any council members on this subject since our last board meeting on September 21st. I am not sure what to make of that, but earlier this week I asked Councilman Golden and Mr. Doyle Early to please pass my contact information along to any High Point City Council member that would like to discuss the stadium or any other county matter with me.”
What the plan ill be is anybody’s guess, but —given the ambitious timeline–it’s almost certain it will not be a bond referendum.