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Dust- Up At Council A Sign Of Ballpark Concern - Sky Arnold

Nashville, Tenn -- A dust-up at Tuesday's Metro Council meeting may be fueling debate over the proposed downtown ballpark in Sulfur Dell.

Council member Jerry Maynard sparred with several other council members after Charlie Tygard proposed delaying the first vote on the $65 million ballpark plan for two meetings.

"Why would you pull this deal that's 65 million for a baseball stadium in North Nashville I just found it odd and hypocritical," said Maynard.

In the meeting Maynard expressed that frustration and Tygard and other members objected.

"The inference was that I was objecting to this on racial neighborhood poor neighborhood issues," said Tygard.

Tygard says there are good reasons to slow down the stadium vote that's on track to be approved mid December.

Some council members are questioning whether the proposed location is the right one.

Duane Dominy is among those still uncomfortable with the financial details.

"The biggest concern I have is debt load and what that is to our revenue," said Dominy.

Both Dominy and Tygard say they'll vote against the ballpark if their questions aren't answered.

Maynard says there's a good reason why the ballpark needs approval soon.

Under the deal, taxpayers will only pay an extra $345,000 a year to build the stadium but that number is dependent on private development around the ballpark.

"If we don't have this deal done by the end of the year one of our private partners who's developing on Jefferson Street may have to walk away from the deal," said Maynard.