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TAMPA OFFICIALS DEBATE WHETHER VOTERS TO HAVE SAY OR NOT
Published June 19, 1995
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).