Minor-league baseball is normally outside the scope of this site, but I just can’t pass up a Beaverton Beavers story. Especially since it’s really part of the Portland Timbers story. And the mayor of Beaverton is named Denny Doyle — though sadly, not that one.
So anyway: Mayor Doyle now says he hopes to have an MOU for a new Triple-A stadium by the end of August, and a financing plan in September. He doesn’t know how much it would cost or who would pay for it, though he does helpfully note, “We would go out and put together a package that both sides would contribute.”
Doyle also ruled out using property taxes or urban renewal money to pay for a stadium, which, in the words of Oregonian reporter Brad Schmidt, “would leave city-issued bonds.” Of course, bonds don’t actually pay for anything — they’re just a means of financing, meaning this makes as much sense as saying Beaverton plans to pay for a stadium “by putting it on its credit card.” But presumably Schmidt was just repeating what Doyle told him, and that’s journalism, right?