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REDS' RIVERFRONT RENOVATION WOULD MEAN TAX ROLLBACK

     If the Reds choose to renovate Riverfront Stadium instead of
building a new ballpark, Hamilton County residents would receive
a sales-tax rollback, according to the CINCINNATI BUSINESS
COURIER.  County Commission President Bob Bedinghaus refused to
confirm that renovation is still an option for the Reds, but he
said that such a choice would lead to an "early end" for the
half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters on March 19.
Sources close to the situation say that renovation would not
require the Reds to make any financial contribution, but that the
club would be expected to invest $25-30M in a new facility
(Steven Goodin, CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER, 7/1).
     SCHOTT INVOLVED:  Despite her ban from the club's daily
activities, Reds Owner Marge Schott will play a "dominant role"
in any stadium decisions, according to the team.  Reds
spokesperson Charles Henderson says Schott continues to have
"input" into the stadium process, noting:  "The people in New
York made it clear that she can serve in an advisory capacity"
(CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER, 7/1).
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