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NEW BILL WOULD PUT SEATTLE STADIUM ISSUES TO A VOTE

     A bill that won approval in a state Senate committe
yesterday would authorize a King County referendum on increasing
local sales, hotel-motel and admissions taxes to pay for a new
$250M baseball stadium for the Mariners and $51M in emergency
renovations for the Kingdome.  Under the bill, the county could
raise $43M a year by increasing sales taxes by .1%, the hotel-
motel tax by 2%, and creating a new 5% admissions tax on all
entertainment and sporting events.  Within the past week, other
bills addressing the Kingdome and a new stadium were rejected.
Mariners VP for Business and Development Paul Isaki says the
referendum bill "keeps the stadium issue alive, but subjecting it
to a public vote might work against keeping the team in Seattle."
The team's lease expires after '96, and Isaki says now is the
time for a decision:  "We can't wait until next year and hope to
be somewhere by 1997.  Just because the lease runs out after the
'96 season doesn't mean that's when the Mariners will wait to
start figuring out what their future will be" (George & Bruscas,
SEATTLE POST-INTELLEGENCER, 3/7).
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