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AS VOTE IS SCHEDULED, MODELL WON'T GUARANTEE BROWNS STAYING
Published August 31, 1995
Browns Owner Art Modell refused to guarantee the Browns will stay in Cleveland if the community assembles financing to renovate Cleveland Stadium, according to the Cleveland PLAIN- DEALER. The Cuyahoga County commissioners are scheduled to vote Friday on whether to extend a tax on alcohol and cigarettes to pay for the renovation, or whether to put the extension on a November ballot. Timothy Heider notes this move is significant as the commissioners "backed off" their promise not to act until the $22M construction deficit for Gund Arena was settled. County Commissioner Timothy Hagan: "We find ourselves in a terribly awkward position because the owner of the Browns hasn't given us any indication that this isn't an exercise in futility." Modell spokesperson David Hopcraft: "We are going to continue our moratorium and not talk to the county or anyone else until after the season" (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 8/30).