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DALLAS TEAM OWNERS ASK FOR SPECIAL LEGISLATION BY MAY 31

     Owners from the Mavericks, Stars, and Cowboys reiterated
their desire for legislation to "allow cities to create special
tax districts around sports facilities."  This would allow any
"additional" hotel and alcohol taxes from the district to help
pay for the facility.  The Legislature is expected to take up
arena related bills before the end of their May 31 session.  Mavs
Owner Donald Carter, who wanted to be in a new arena by the '97-
98 season, said he "has become frustrated by the whole affair,"
but that he is not "ready to break off negotiations yet" (Sylvia
Martinez, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/22).
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