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PLAN TO PAIR CLEVELAND STADIUM TAX WITH SCHOOL FUNDS
Published June 15, 1995
Any financing plan for the renovation of Cleveland Stadium "will probably be paired with a financial package to help city schools," according to the PLAIN DEALER. Stephen Koff reports that such a plan, "trashed immediately" after it was suggested by Mayor Michael White two weeks ago, "has since gained support." White suggested a 10% tax on paid, off-street parking for the stadium, plus a 2% tax on parking to pay for extracurricular school activities. At a council meeting Monday, many members "said they would not support Stadium improvements unless the city also finds money for its struggling schools." Councilman Bill Patmon: "I cannot vote for any proposal that takes care of Cleveland's Browns and does not take care of Cleveland's kids" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/14). A CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS editorial calls on Browns Owner Art Modell to extend his '99 deadline for a new stadium, if he really a solution "without debate and rancor": "If the consensus building effort is to go on hiatus -- or at least underground -- for seven months so that the Browns can work to put fannies in the seats without a divisive issue complicating that job, Mr. Modell must be willing to push back the target date" (CRAIN'S, 6/12 issue).