The owner of the Prince William Cannons minor league baseball team says he will change his team's name and move it to Fairfax County because Prince William officials won't give him the money he wants to help build a $150 million sports and entertainment complex on the Potomac River.

Arthur L. Silber, expressing anger and frustration at the Prince William decision, has talked to Fairfax officials and said he's looking for property there along the Interstate 95 corridor on which to build an 8,000-seat stadium.

Starting next year, Silber said, the team will be called the Potomac Cannons.

"I really don't need the aggravation. I don't need to get into a battle," Silber said yesterday, referring to Prince William, which owns the 2,000-seat stadium his team uses now. "Fairfax is where the bulk of our fans are. I have changed my focus. Our Prince William fans will be happy to drive 20 or 30 minutes to a regional attraction."

Prince William officials say Silber was demanding $20 million in public funds for roads and utilities and a $20 million loan to be repaid by stadium revenue -- a price they considered too rich for a growing jurisdiction already struggling to build roads and schools. Silber says he requested only $20 million from the county.

Either way, Supervisor John D. Jenkins (D-Neabsco) said Silber wasn't putting enough of his own money on the table.

"We're not saying no to the idea. We're just saying that we can't afford to do it," Jenkins said. "There's some things you have to make a judgment on. This is not in the best interests of the taxpayers." The county told Silber of the decision by letter this week.

Silber, a former banker who now lives on a small island in the Chesapeake Bay along the Maryland coast, said he has spent "a small fortune, in the six figures" on the project so far. He blamed Prince William County Executive Bern Ewert for blowing the deal by mischaracterizing the amount of financial help he requested.

"The information filtering down to supervisors was not accurate," he said. "In all honesty, enough is enough. The community was wonderful to us, but if they don't want us, then that's fine. The key thing is to get a new stadium."

Silber had proposed building a ballpark flanked by a hotel and high-rise office building, a minor league hockey arena, a conference center, a performing arts center and retail shops. He wanted to build on the Cherry Hill Peninsula, a piece of largely undeveloped land east of Route 1.

Ewert, in a statement relayed by a county spokesman, said he "can think of no reason why Mr. Silber would want to personalize the issue. Mr. Silber submitted a proposal to the county. It was discussed with the Board of County Supervisors. They decided it was unacceptable."

Silber says he's gotten the message.

This week, he talked to Fairfax County Executive Robert J. O'Neill Jr. and Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), the officials said. Silber said he'd decide later whether to build just a ballpark or a larger entertainment complex.

Hyland and Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) said they welcome the opportunity to find a place for minor league baseball in Fairfax.

"To have a minor league team in Fairfax is a win-win for our citizens," said Hyland, who represents much of the area along I-95. "For me, this is a business opportunity that we should be aggressively trying to make happen."

Frey said he'd "love to see minor league baseball in Fairfax. . . . You can take your kids, you can afford it without taking a second mortgage, and it's fun."

O'Neill, however, said the first question to answer is how Silber's proposal would affect Fairfax County's chances of luring a Major League Baseball team. A group of Northern Virginia investors has been trying for years to buy an existing team or start one in a league expansion, and state and local officials have been looking at how and where in Northern Virginia to build a stadium for one.

"Would putting a minor league stadium impede the progress that is being made?" O'Neill asked yesterday. Silber "would have to have a lot of conversations with board members and staff."

Bill Collins, one of the investors trying to land a major league team, said construction of a minor league stadium would hinder his efforts.

"You don't want the perception out there that you are just a minor league market," Collins said. "I think it would do themselves a disservice. After the year 2000, if Major League Baseball is not here, absolutely, {a minor league team} may make a lot of sense."

Silber may have a tough time finding a site for his stadium that doesn't meet with the same fierce opposition from community groups that has greeted proposed locations for a major league park.

Silber would not say whether he is looking at any specific locations, but several county officials said areas considered in recent years as big league sites might be a logical place to start looking.

They include land near Dulles International Airport; the Engineer Proving Grounds in Springfield, an 800-acre former U.S. Army training facility now considered surplus federal land; or the site of the Lorton Correctional Complex, which houses more than 5,000 District inmates and is scheduled to close in 2001.

Lon Caldwell, a member of the West Springfield Civic Association, which opposed the construction of a major league stadium at the proving ground, said his organization isn't likely to think much better of a minor league park. "Any development of that kind would be counterproductive to the bad traffic situation that already exists," Caldwell said. CAPTION: Arthur L. Silber, owner of the Prince William Cannons.