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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).
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).