$494K discrepancy in Phoenix bill to baseball team

PHOENIX (AP) — A city audit says there's a nearly $494,000 discrepancy in Phoenix's bill to the Milwaukee Brewers for their spring training use of Maryvale Baseball Park.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1lK43Lz) Phoenix's Parks and Recreation Department didn't follow contract language when charging the Brewers.

The Brewers signed a 15-year contract with the city in January 1998 to play in the stadium for a $260,000 annual use fee. They amended the deal in 2002 to include an annual expanded-use fee.

Starting in 2000 and every two years afterward, the city was supposed to adjust the annual use fee in accordance with the Consumer Price Index, using the January 1998 index as the base level.

The department compared the index for the current year to the previous year and not the base year.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com