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SEAHAWKS STADIUM PROPOSAL TO FACE VOTERS JUNE 17
Published April 29, 1997
The proposal to build a new stadium for the Seahawks "officially became Referendum Bill 48," as the ballot question for the June 17 election was posted and a new poll "suggested the measure would be defeated," according to Ed Penhale of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. The ballot reads: "Shall a public stadium authority be authorized to build and operate a professional football stadium and exhibition hall financed by tax revenues and private contributions?" Chris Van Dyk, of the stadium opposition group Citizens for More Important Things, said as long as the ballot has "the word 'tax' in it, people will know what they are voting on." Football Northwest campaign consultant Bob Gogerty "was uncomfortable with the way the ballot title refers to 'taxes,' but voiced no other complaint." Meanwhile, the April edition of the independent Elway Poll released Monday showed 51% of voters statewide "are inclined to say no" towards a new stadium, with 43% "inclined to vote for it." The Elway Poll surveyed 405 voters with a margin of error of +/- 5% (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/29).