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The big debate: Spring training in Marana

‘As long as Tucson keeps saying no, Marana will be there to say yes.’ – Fidel

The story: A spring training baseball facility is proposed for Marana. Price tag: $125 million. To foot the bill, county voters might be asked to approve a new tax on hotels, car rentals, bars and restaurants and other businesses that benefit from spring training.

Your take: Marana, an economic juggernaut? In the eyes of the Citizen’s online community, Tucson’s Northwest Side neighbor has the moxie and the prime location that the Old Pueblo lacks.

Some representative comments:

• “Marana provides the easiest access for teams traveling from the Phoenix area.” youresmart

• “Places like Marana and Oro Valley are actually growing while Tucson teaches its children to paint graffiti and spends millions of dollars on the study of a bridge that we can’t even afford.” raingeg1

• “Marana will outgrow Tucson and be a better city than Tucson could ever hope to be.” handslikeclouds

• “Marana has all the advantages that the current TEP location does not: a progressive, business friendly climate . . . .” MS

• “And if we build a facility in Marana, how long before we are held hostage again?” leftfield

• “In these troubled times, millionaires need our help.” taxpayr

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