There’s an assumption among Rays’ stadium supporters in Tampa that Hillsborough County’s newly-increased bed tax is a guaranteed $6+ million a year to help finance a new ballpark in Ybor City. However, several county commissioners are privately casting doubt on that assumption, as there are a lot of things those tax dollars can fund other than a ballpark.

But instead of public talks about all the hungry mouths jockeying for a piece of that new pie, most of the discussions are happening behind closed doors, with private interests lobbying the county’s most powerful players. (Kudos to the Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association, which at least made its request for 1/3 of the new revenue in a public forum.)

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