"It shows the taxpayers are a bunch of suckers," one businessman who opposed the stadium plan told the Miami Herald.
In 2008, at the same time the Marlins were painting their situation as dire, and saying a new, tax-supported facility was needed "to save baseball in South Florida," they turned a record $37.8 million profit. They got $48 million from revenue sharing.
In 2009 the Marlins turned a profit of $11.1 million with baseball's lowest payroll ($36.8 million, or $4.8 million more than Alex Rodriguez made by himself).
Politicians who supported the stadium deal, in which taxes will pay almost $500 million while the Marlins pay $150 million and keep pretty much all the revenue, are feeling misled in light of the financial disclosures. The Marlins acted like they were paupers, but declined to disclose their finances because they were a private business.
"[The idea] is horrible and the financing is even worse. And now you see they took us for a ride,'' said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez.
"I do believe that if some people had known they were taking a profit, they would have voted differently,'' commissioner Joe Martinez said.
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