This really can't be happening again.
Lame-duck Mayor Anthony Williams is asking the City Council to approve another $75,000,000.00 to be added on to the DC baseball stadium budget. That increase, if approved, would mean DC is paying $686,000,000.00 for a stadium that, according to Linda Cropp, would be a Buick instead of a Cadillac.
Council Member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who has never seen a sweetheart deal towards Major League Baseball that he didn't like, has admitted that the Council probably won't approve any increases. Thank goodness. But the gall of Mayor Williams to try to get more public financing on his way out of office is striking. He didn't even tell Adrien Fenty about his devious plan. Probably because Fenty would never support it.
Here's a reminder of how ridiculous the process of building a baseball stadium has been:
When Williams announced that the District would be getting a Major League Baseball team in September 2004, he said the stadium and parking would cost $435 million. But the cost estimates were quickly raised -- to $535 million in December 2004, then to the $611 million limit set by the council in April.
So, Mayor Williams and the baseball boosters were either lying or totally incompetent. Williams is saying that the stadium will cost $251,000,000.00 more than originally expected. Even the most incompetent city officials don't make $251,000,000.00 mistakes. That's way outside any reasonable margin of error. The baseball boosters misinformed the public to drum up support for a super-expensive stadium that, frankly, we don't need. Shame on them all.