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Goodyear Changes Ballpark Fund For More Transparency

The way Goodyear tracks how much money is being spent on the city’s ballpark every year is changing. The new way is meant to be more transparent.

All the expenses related to Goodyear Ballpark will now be tracked through a government special revenue fund.

The ballpark fund was first set up in 2007 like a private business fund. It was meant to be self-sufficient, where revenue like ticket sales would cover the ballpark’s costs and debt.

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Doug Sandstrom, Goodyear's finance director, said the original fund was never self-sufficient, and the new fund will more clearly show the ballpark and city’s expenses.

“It’s more transparent because you can very clearly see how much money was actually spent each year, how much revenue is actually generated each year and then what the dollar amount of the transfer from the general fund to that fund is.”

Sandstrom estimates the city will pay about $9 million to the Goodyear Ballpark fund this year, and each subsequent year to offset the remaining debt.

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Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.