Islanders Potential Arena Near Citi Field? Chargers Dive Into Convention Center Possibilities MetLife Stadium Name To Stay Despite Changes Broncos Have No Stadium Naming Rights Offers Exactech Sees Value In Florida Arena Deal Facility Notes Cubs Reveal Plans For New Wrigley Suite Areas NFL Panthers Beef Up Security, Concessions At BofA Vikings Shows Off New Stadium To Media Pinellas County Unveils 10 Possible Rays Ballpark Sites
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).