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Auburn DDays officials worried about financial future as pandemic, MiLB changes pose double-dose of stress

Officials in the City of Auburn are starting to worry about the future.

Whether it’s federal funding, which City Council requested as COVID-19 relief, or the potential loss of the Doubledays – things could look very different in another few months.

“There’s no real income from sales tax,” Mayor Michael Quill told Finger Lakes News Radio. “It’s understandable but we have bills too.”

He called it a ‘very unfortunate’ financial reality that will set in for New York State, its towns, villages, and cities if funding does not come down the line quick.

Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said across the board cuts of 20% could be expected.

Mayor Quill is asking the state’s lawmakers to act as swiftly as they can to save baseball in Auburn, which would end if a plan that made headlines on Tuesday was approved between MLB and MiLB.

That plan would reduce the number of affiliates from 160 to 120. The Auburn Doubledays would be left on the outside looking in under that proposal.