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CLEVELAND MAYOR CALLS FOR PARKING TAX ISSUE TO GO TO A VOTE

     Cleveland Mayor Michael White said last week that if the
city follows a task force recommendation to raise $172M for the
renovation of Cleveland Stadium through a 15% parking tax, the
issue should be put in front of the city's voters.  White, who
would not divulge whether he supports the tax, said Thursday that
the city could not afford a special election on the issue,
leaving the November election as the next possible date for a
referendum.  White: "Our budget is tighter than britches on a man
that's 80 pounds overweight. ... If it is going to be (a tax)
it's going to impact on the citizens and they ought to have a say
in it" (Vickers & Koff, Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/5).
     MONEY MATTERS:  White also revealed that renovations will
cost $18M more than last week's task force proposal, bringing the
tab to $172M.  The added costs come from previously undetermined
expenses for the removal of lead paint, site management and
project management (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/5).  In Columbus,
OH House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson said she was "willing to
consider" the task force's recommendation that the state pay for
$23M of the renovations (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/5).
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