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SEAHAWKS STADIUM PROPOSAL TO FACE VOTERS JUNE 17

          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).

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