The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will not vote in September on the Oakland A’s $12 billion plan to build a waterfront ballpark and development at Howard Terminal in Jack London Square — causing what the team says is a “potentially insurmountable” financial gap in getting the project done in Oakland.
The city asked Alameda County in May to opt into a tax district to help with infrastructure costs. In response, supervisors said in June the earliest they could vote would be September. The city has said that without county help it’s unlikely the project can move forward.
The A’s have said they hoped to have a final vote from the Oakland City Council on the terms of the project by the end of baseball season in October. The city said it hopes to have approvals and documents ready for a final vote by the end of the year.
The tax district is a key part of the negotiations between the A’s and the city, which are ongoing. If the team and the city don’t agree on the financial terms of the project, then the A’s could leave Oakland. By opting into the tax district, the county would have given up a portion of their property taxes on the actual stadium site to help fund infrastructure costs.