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RENOVATION OF DAWG POUND MAY COME THROUGH PARKING TAXES
Published April 27, 1995
A tax on parking spaces in the City of Cleveland is the recommended option for financing the renovation of Cleveland Stadium, sources tell the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. Stephen Phillips reports that unnamed members of a task force appointed by Cleveland Mayor Michael White to determine the best way to pay for renovations, have said that a citywide parking tax "is the most feasible of the revenue producers under consideration." Several members say that the parking tax must be supplemented with other revenue-producers to pay for the $130M renovations, including contributions from the team or fans. Gov. George Voinovich has said the state would contribute up to 12% of the renovation costs through OH's capital improvements budget. Officials hope the renovations can be completed by '99; the Browns lease at the Stadium expires in '98 (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 4/26). POLITICAL MOVEMENT: Faced with the "threat of Ohio losing" its two NFL teams, state Sen. Stanley Aronoff urged a statewide task force studying stadium improvements for the Bengals and Browns to speed up its work. Aronoff called the situation "close to becoming a crisis" and said that the governor's willingness for the state to contribute up to 12% of the cost of renovating Cleveland Stadium should mean equal treatment in Cincinnati (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/27).