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FUNDING NEW ARENA IN ATLANTA MAY NEED PUBLIC'S HELP

     Public money "will likely be required" to help build a $200M
arena for the Hawks and a possible Atlanta NHL team -- whether it
goes downtown or in the suburbs, according to today's ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION.  If the arena goes downtown, it may be partly
financed by some new tax generating $4-5M a year.  Several ideas
have been floated by city officials, including a restaurant or a
ticket tax, but no decision has been made.  GA House Speaker Tom
Murphy said yesterday that Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell thinks the
city "would need some sort of 'amusement tax'" to finance a
downtown arena (Sporata & Unger, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/3).
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