Will Richmond use school, jail money to fund Redskins site?

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The City of Richmond Finance Committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss how to fund a new Washington Redskins training facility.

CBS 6 reporter Catie Beck learned that the proposal called for the city to borrow millions of dollars from both the Richmond Schools and new city jail construction budgets.

Some city leaders told Beck that moving the $10 million around will neither delay nor impact construction of a new city jail or new schools. Other city leaders told Beck they planned to take a closer look at the plan – before moving money around.

At the meeting, the city finance committe passed the measure, which will pull about $4 million from the city jail project and the rest from a Richmond school fund. 

That money is money that is not scheduled to be spent this year said Councilman Charles Samuels, 4th District. 

They are taking money from the city school and putting it towards the Redskins, said Paul Goldman, a government watchdog. 

A full City Council vote  on the measure will take place at their next meeting on November 26. 

The Redskins plan to hold training camp in Richmond starting next summer. Last month, city and Redskins leaders announced the training camp would be built on an undeveloped site behind the Science Museum of Virginia.

At the time of the announcement, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones said that to pay for the project, he would extend a $10 million dollar line of credit to the Economic Development Administration (which owns the property).

The Bon Secours Richmond Health System would pay $6.4 million to build the facility and lease the building for the next 8 to 10 years.

The City hopes the sponsors could provide the balance of the remaining $3.6 million.