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NEW HOME FOR MARINERS COULD BE CLOSER
Published April 14, 1995
In Seattle, the "logjam stalling legislation" to finance a $250M stadium for the Mariners may have been broken this week as the state House took steps closer to passing the Stadium Bill. On Tuesday, a special House stadium committee agreed to remove what was considered one of the "main obstacles" to a new stadium: a proposal to tie financing the stadium to a request for $100M to expand the Washington State Convention Center. It was "unclear," however, whether the House would also remove the stadium issue from a King County request for help in repaying a $65M loan for repairs to the Kingdome (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 4/12). In addition, a bill to create a public facilities district to finance construction of a new stadium "was working its way through" the state House, but still awaited a vote. The district would have special taxing power independent of King County, increasing the county's sales and use tax by .1%. The tax, however, would still have to be approved by voters. The stadium bill now moves into a joint House-Senate conference committee and must be approved by the Senate before going to the governor, who reportedly supports the proposed project (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/14).