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READ THEIR LIPS: NO NEW TAXES FOR TAMPA STADIUM
Published November 16, 1995
FL legislators "have a message for Tampa area politicians who want to impose new taxes for a football stadium: Don't waste our time," write Joe Henderson and Ken Koehn in the TAMPA TRIBUNE. State Sen. Malcolm Beard: "I don't understand how those elected officials down there can't get it through their thick heads that the voters in Hillsborough County aren't in the mood for more taxes." State Rep. Rob Wallace said a local referendum is now the only way to go if new taxes are going to be needed to keep the Bucs (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/16). In St. Pete, Jeff Testerman writes a recent idea of borrowing money against the local bed tax "is too risky," because taking funds from Tampa's convention bureau could end up putting it out of business and cut into the city's $150M per year convention bookings (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/16).