Charlotte leaders question cost of bringing MLS to the Queen City

(by Caroline Fountain, Fox 46)

"More than 1,300 people have signed a petition to get the parks they were promised nearly a decade ago.

'We're trying to give a voice to the Mecklenburg county voters who approved a bond package for a park and rec master plan in 2008. 13 of those projects haven't been built. So it's our position that those projects need to happen before the county make an investment in MLS soccer,' said Meg Fencil with a non-profit organization called Sustain Charlotte.

The money from the City of Charlotte would come from a 3 percent hotel room tax.

But we're told it's different for the county.

'The county does not have a fund for tourism-related investments whereas the city does have a hospitality tax for tourism-related investments,' said Fencil.

Charlotte leaders will meet again to talk pro soccer on August 17. To view or sign the petition, click here."

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