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VOTERS DISAPPROVE SALES TAXES FOR NEW TIGERS STADIUM
Published December 12, 1994
Fifty-three percent of Wayne County voters oppose a "financing plan" that could include "new taxes on restaurant tabs, car rentals and hotel rooms" to build a publicly-owned baseball stadium for the Tigers, according to a poll commissioned by the Michigan Restaurant Association. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch wants a new stadium to replace the aging-Tiger stadium in downtown Detroit. Under legislation passed in '91, the county has the ability to levy, with voter approval, a 1% tax on restaurant food and beverage sales, a 2% tax on car rentals and a 1% hotel tax. The tax on restaurant food and drink is the most unpopular, with only 29% in favor. Recent interest in public financing comes as Ilitch and the Tigers "rework" financing plans. Although he "initially wanted to build and own the stadium," Ilitch has "indicated" recently he is not "averse" to public ownership (Amy Lane, CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 12/5-11 issue).