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  • TAMPA OFFICIALS DEBATE WHETHER VOTERS TO HAVE SAY OR NOT

         Tampa officials in favor of a new Bucs stadium hope they
    "will need less" than $50M of taxpayers' money to complete the
    $170M project, but they also hope to keep the decision away from
    a referendum, "fearing the public's distaste for tax increases
    could kill the project," according to the TAMPA TRIBUNE.  But
    Hillsborough County Commission Chair Jim Norman supports letting
    voters decide on the issue.  Norman made his remarks at a panel
    discussion on the value of sports franchises to cities at the
    Florida Conference of Editorial Writers.  Yankees Owner George
    Steinbrenner also spoke, adding that the stadium financing
    "should be put in front of the voters."  Ray Barton, senior
    manager with KPMG Peat Marwick in St. Petersburg, said that it is
    "appropriate to have a public debate.  It's also a fact that
    there's a public underwriting to professional sports today" (Jim
    Kenyon, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/18). In Atlanta, Len Pasquarelli writes
    if the Bengals don't go to Baltimore, "look for the Buccaneers to
    look hard at the lucrative deal" that city is offering (ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 6/18).
    

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  • TAMPA OFFICIALS DEBATE WHETHER VOTERS TO HAVE SAY OR NOT

         Tampa officials in favor of a new Bucs stadium hope they
    "will need less" than $50M of taxpayers' money to complete the
    $170M project, but they also hope to keep the decision away from
    a referendum, "fearing the public's distaste for tax increases
    could kill the project," according to the TAMPA TRIBUNE.  But
    Hillsborough County Commission Chair Jim Norman supports letting
    voters decide on the issue.  Norman made his remarks at a panel
    discussion on the value of sports franchises to cities at the
    Florida Conference of Editorial Writers.  Yankees Owner George
    Steinbrenner also spoke, adding that the stadium financing
    "should be put in front of the voters."  Ray Barton, senior
    manager with KPMG Peat Marwick in St. Petersburg, said that it is
    "appropriate to have a public debate.  It's also a fact that
    there's a public underwriting to professional sports today" (Jim
    Kenyon, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/18). In Atlanta, Len Pasquarelli writes
    if the Bengals don't go to Baltimore, "look for the Buccaneers to
    look hard at the lucrative deal" that city is offering (ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 6/18).
    

    Print | Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Facilities, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, YankeeNets
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