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  • GROUP PROPOSES FUNDING OPTIONS FOR MEGAPLEX

         The Coalition for the Convention Center Complex plans to
    call for "unspecified fees or taxes" to be approved to help
    finance construction of the megaplex, according to Richard
    Kindleburger of the BOSTON GLOBE. Thomas Kershaw, founder of the
    group, said a hotel tax increase is "likely" to be part of the
    proposal.  Executive director of the Massachusetts Lodging
    Association, Art Canter, said increasing the tax on hotel rooms
    would "undermine the city's competitive position vs. other
    cities."  But they will reserve judgement until the proposal is
    public (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 5/18).
         MORE MEGAPLEX: Boston is a community that has grown
    "spoiled" and faces "complacency" with the rich history and
    cultural attractions of the city according to an editorial in the
    BOSTON HERALD.  The megaplex stands as an opportunity to rectify
    this and should not be passed up: "Rarely in its long and
    extraordinary history has this community stood on the edge of so
    much opportunity" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/18).
    

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  • TAXPAYERS MAY HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL IN ATLANTA

         Taxpayers in Atlanta and Fulton County "may have to pay as
    much as $1 million this year because of the baseball strike's
    lingering impact on attendance," according to today's ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION.  Due to poor attendance, the losses in operating
    revenues at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium are already reportedly
    at $500,000 and all losses to  the Atlanta-Fulton County
    Recreation Authority that aren't covered must be made up by
    Atlanta and Fulton County taxpayers.  The Authority owns and
    operates the stadium (Hiskey and Pomerantz, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    5/19).
    

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