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CITIES WITHOUT STADIUM AUTHORITIES FOR $500, ALEX
Published June 28, 1996
Houston Mayor Bob Lanier asked TX state legislators to create a regional sports authority which would have the power to use tax dollars to construct sports facilities, according to the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Lanier's comments came during the last of four public hearings for a subcommittee of the TX House Committee on Business & Industry. The Mayor, who admitted chances of a potential sports authority with sales taxing authority are "slim," said he hopes the Legislature would consider the use of rental car, bed and incremental taxes to help subsidize almost two-thirds of the $625M needed to build new facilities and improve the Astrodome. Lanier: "It would be helpful to have a sports authority that has some ongoing presence, some institutional memory [with] ...a large a base as possible for financing." State Rep. Kyle Janek, who chaired the hearing, said legislators would support a proposal allowing Houston-area voters to decide if they want to impose additional taxes on themselves (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/28).