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PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF TIGER STADIUM CONSIDERED
Published September 28, 1994
"Key figures in the effort to get a new baseball stadium in Detroit are working on plans for financing that include public ownership." The plans might include a Wayne County, MI, tax on hotels, restaurant meals and rental cars. The tax is allowed under law, but would require approval by county voters. The deadline has passed to put measures on the November 8 ballot, and the next scheduled countywide election is November, 1996. Lisa Ilitch Murray, spokesperson for the Build the Ballpark office, said it does not matter to the Ilitch family who owns the stadium. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch had offered to finance the $175M construction of a stadium -- if the state put up as much as $200M to buy land, demolish buildings and reconfigure roads. But state bills to provide state funding "stalled ... after critics said the state shouldn't subsidize a stadium for a wealthy owner." Lawmakers are expected to consider a stadium financing plan between the November 8 election and the end of the year (Tina Lam, DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/27). STRIKE HURTS EFFORTS? An editorial in CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS notes that the strike "isn't a good sign" for Ilitch's proposed stadium (9/19-26).