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LOCALITIES WEIGH HOTEL TAXES FOR STADIUM PROJECTS
Published April 12, 1995
BOSTON: Despite warnings from lawmakers "that private revenue must be firmly in place for the project to be approved," MA Gov. William Weld vowed yesterday to veto any new hotel or other taxes to pay for a stadium. Weld's comments come in reaction to reports that the megaplex panel, who recently returned from a tour of facilities around the country, may reccommend a hike in hotel taxes to pay for a stadium. MA Senate Ways and Means Chair Thomas Birmingham was "surprised": "No other avenue immediately springs to mind. I had a signal that perhaps there was a way (Weld) could go along with financing this issue." Birmingham notes MA's hotel taxes "are relatively low" and that hotels will be "primary" beneficiaries of a Megaplex (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 4/12). TAMPA BAY: The Pinellas County Hotel and Motel Assoc. voted "unanimously against" a request by the Devil Rays to raise the county's tourist-lodging tax to help pay for renovations to the ThunderDome. The group claimed that "tourists shouldn't have to subsidize profit-making improvements to the ThunderDome." Final decision on the tax rests on a May 9 vote by county commissioners (Carlos Moncada, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/12).