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BUCS IN DIRE STRAITS AGAIN AS SENATE ALTERS STADIUM DEAL
Published April 23, 1996
The proposed Bucs stadium tax suffered a serious blow in the FL Senate that "ultimately could kill a deal to keep the team in Tampa," according to this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE. A Senate panel rejected a measure allowing Hillsborough County residents to vote on a rental car tax to raise up to $8M a year toward the new $168M stadium. Instead, the committee amended the bill to allow a property tax increase, which local leaders believe would be "soundly defeated at the polls." Bucs Exec VP Joel Glazer, son of Owner Malcolm Glazer, called the move "very disappointing," but added there was still time left in the session. The original bill could still pass on the Senate through amendments, but sponsor John Grant called that "nearly impossible." Asked about the city's next move, Tampa Mayor Dick Greco: "Help them pack" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/23).