Monday, October 25, 2004

Baseball Tax Raises Question Of Fairness

By Neil Irwin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 25, 2004; Page E01

Pepco wants baseball in Washington, and the electric utility is ready to pay up. Under a proposal by Mayor Anthony A. Williams, it would pay $28,200 a year in new taxes to help pay for a ballpark.

That isn't much for a company that earned $107 million last year. "We're all for it," Pepco spokesman Bob Dobkin said of the Montreal Expos moving to Washington. "The tax isn't enough to make a very big difference to us."

A few miles away on Georgia Avenue NW, Dudley Dworken sees it a bit differently. He is the president of Curtis Chevrolet, which he expects will earn less than $150,000 this year. Under the mayor's proposal, the tax would cost Curtis $19,100 -- nearly 13 percent of its profit.
Pepco would pay less than three one-hundredths of 1 percent. "I want a baseball team as much as the next guy," Dworken said. "But I don't see why I should have to pay so much for it."

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