CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Senate unanimously approved a bill that would allow Monongalia County to levy a special tax to improve infrastructure around the University Town Center in Morgantown.
The bill passed Monday would provide $28 million for a new interchange along Interstate 79 and $16 million for a new baseball stadium for West Virginia University and a possible minor league baseball team. It would also pay for improvements and expansions to local water, sewer and road systems.
Sen. Robert Beach said that the interchange would open up both sides of the highway to economic development. He estimated that would lead to 1,500 jobs around the 1,450-acre Town Center lot.
County commissions don't have taxing authority under West Virginia law and must receive permission from the Legislature to levy a tax.