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ARENA HEARINGS HEAT UP IN DALLAS
Published January 13, 1995
A hearing in Lewisville, TX, to decide whether or not there should be a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a sports arena drew a "standing-room only" crowd Tuesday night. The vote, which will take place on January 21, calls for a raise in sales tax from 7.25% to 7.75% to fund a $40M bond issue for a sports arena. The arena will be built only if the city of Dallas fails to negotiate a deal to keep the Mavericks (Kim North, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/11). On Wednesday, "several members" of the Dallas City Council said "they were angry with the Stars for helping fund" the Lewisville campaign. A memo was sent to City Attorney Sam Lindsay asking what legal action could be taken against the Stars if they "opt not to play at Reunion Arena." Stars President Jim Lites: "We're just trying to protect our own interests" (Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/12).