Didn't get to watch meeting but this has been posted...
"July 17. 2006 7:31PM
Business groups offer to raise money for Reds
By MIKE SAEWITZ
SARASOTA As city commissioners struggled Monday with the idea of raising taxes to pay for a new spring training stadium for the Cincinnati Reds, two local business groups offered to help raise private money to make the project work.
“This will be a national poster child for cities to have a Major League Baseball team with minimum taxpayer dollars,” Kerry Kirschner, executive director of The Argus Foundation, told commissioners.
Since they found out that the new stadium could cost as much as $54 million, commissioners have said they were unwilling to make city taxpayers come up with more than $20 million of those costs.
Over the last week, city staffers have been in a race to reduce the city’s share. A major part of that could be getting businesses to support a new state-of-the-art facility.
Top city administrators told commissioners Monday they’ve had conversations with several groups about potential public-private partnerships surrounding the stadium deal. But the administrators would not release names of groups that have expressed interest in helping. "