City pulls plug on ballfield lights subsidy

July 17, 2013

The City of Austin has decided to phase out a significant utility subsidy to the Oak Hill baseball and softball complex because it is on private property. The Oak Hill ballfields are located at Joe Tanner Lane and U.S. Highway 290 West. The move will cost Oak Hill Youth Sports Association $40,000 a year and could lead to fewer games being played.
Also losing subsidies are the Balcones Youth Sports, the North Austin Optimists and the West Austin Youth Association—all located on private grounds.
Stephen Bega, president of the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association (OHYSA), has been associated with the group for ten years. He said OHYSA purchased the property because the City had no space in the area for kids to play America’s pastime.
Bega added, “This is the only facility in Oak Hill that allows youth to play organized baseball and softball. There are no close alternatives for kids in this area of Austin.

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