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TODAY'S ELECTIONS: DETROIT, CINCY PROJECTS ON BALLOT
Published March 19, 1996
The two stadium referenda on ballots today in Detroit and Cincinnati are gaining national attention. In a front-page piece in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, John Helyar examines the sales tax proposal before voters in OH, writing, "The volatile mixture of sports, taxes and municipal self-image may make this vote as close as any game the Reds or Bengals ever played" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/19). In Philadelphia, Ed Moran covers both Detroit and Cincinnati, noting that they are not alone: "The battle is being waged in cities around the country" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 3/19). DETROIT: Stadium backers have spent $600,000 promoting their message that a new Tiger Stadium would bring "jobs, economic development, and money for more police and neighborhood projects." The test today is whether that message got through (Suzette Hackney, DETROIT NEWS, 3/19). CINCINNATI: A poll conducted last week showed 59% in favor of a one-half of one-percent sales tax hike to help fund new stadiums for both the Bengals and Reds (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/16). Yesterday, OH Gov. George Voinovich called the vote a "defining moment" for Cincinnati. He also said the state would not help the Bengals move to Cleveland should the tax fail (AP/CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/19). CORRECTIONS: Stories in the March 7 and March 13 issues of THE DAILY incorrectly reported developments in the Detroit campaign. The TV ads featuring Mayor Dennis Archer were put on by stadium supporters, and the lawsuit filed by the anti-stadium group, the Tiger Stadium Fan Club, concerns the use of money from the quasi-public Michigan Strategic Fund, not the city of Detroit. We regret any confusion.