Baseball Field Debt Dwindling Down

Luray The baseball fields in Luray cost $900,000 to build, but the great thing is the parks and rec department didn't want any of your taxpayer dollars going to build it, so they came up with a different idea.

"We sort of thought outside the box as a town," says parks and rec director Patrick O'Brien.

But usually with these projects they come with a price tag and dollars right out of your pocket. O'Brien decided instead of using tax dollars, to host baseball and softball tournaments; drawing people from outside the area and using the money they bring in to pay down the price of the field. So far six tournaments have brought in $100,000.

"We want to keep the tax base and tax burden as low as possible as we can, so we came up with another way of doing it," says O'Brien.

And more tournaments are being scheduled because of the success, including one this weekend. The idea comes with even more benefits says Gina Hilliard with the Chamber of Commerce. All the tourists are spending the money off the field.

"It brings several hundreds of people to the county which impacts us in great ways. It is hotel reservations, it is cabin reservations," says Hilliard.

Making this a grand slam plan to keep taxes low and money flowing into the area.

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