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HOTEL TAX FACES GLOOMY PROSPECTS IN TAMPA BAY
Published April 29, 1996
A bill to help fund a new Bucs Stadium with a 4% hotel tax has attracted powerful opponents that have kept it from reaching the floor of the FL Senate. Chepak & Metz of the TAMPA TRIBUNE write that even the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Jim Davis, acknowledges it would harm Hillsborough County's tourism -- but since Friday is the deadline for this legislative session, it is too late to come up with other options. Davis: "The hotel/motel tax seems extremely difficult, and I don't have another option at this time." Bucs supporters will likely try to amend the tax into another bill called a "must pass" -- one the legislature cannot adjourn without approving (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/29). AHOY OHIO? Meanwhile, the prospects of the Bucs moving to Cleveland are increasing, according to Bart Hubbuch of the Akron BEACON-JOURNAL. FL state Sen. John Grant, in wake of the rejection of a rental car tax to fund a new Bucs stadium: "People back home should realize Buccaneer orange is rapidly fading to Cleveland brown." The NFL has promised Cleveland a new franchise no later than '99, but the league has said it won't consider a Bucs-to-Cleveland move until after the '96 season (AKRON BEACON-JOURNAL, 4/29).