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POLL SHOWS TOUGH SLEDDING FOR TAMPA STADIUM TAX
Published June 3, 1996
A survey of 500 registered voters in Hillsborough County showed that a plan to build a new stadium for the Bucs may pass by "riding piggyback on the public's fear of crime," according to Joe Henderson of the TAMPA TRIBUNE. The poll, done at the suggestion of the NFL by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, VA, and Frederick Schneiders Research of DC, showed a 30-year half-cent sales tax lumping the stadium with school construction, an increased police presence and new jails favored by just 50- 46%. The survey also showed a three-year stadium-only tax of a half-cent would fail, 66-32% (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/1). The survey also indicated that keeping the Bucs is not a top-five concern (Mary Jo Melone, ST. PETE TIMES, 6/2). OSCEOLA ON DECK: Meanwhile, Osceola County leaders claim to be close with funding sources for a new stadium -- "if Bucs Owner Malcolm Glazer bellies up to the bar with the same kind of money he previously offered Tampa." Anthony Millican of the ORLANDO SENTINEL writes that an estimated $192M stadium and $15M training facility would cost $18M annually for 30 years, but that county officials "seem to have about $13.5M annually in hand, not counting other sources that are within reach" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/3). CITRUS SWEETENS DEAL? Sports architect, HNTB, has prepared plans for a rebuilt Citrus Bowl that meets NFL standards, a study "prompted" by the Bucs' interest in Central FL, according to the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The estimated $125M project would add 6,000 seats, place backs on the bleacher seats and add 60 suites for a total of 90. Orlando Area Sports Commission's Lee Chira: "If Osceola County gets the Bucs, you might as well bulldoze the Citrus Bowl. It's do-or-die" (Kevin Spear, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/3).