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BELIEVE IT OR NOT, QUESTIONS STILL SURROUND DALLAS ARENA

          The proposed $230M Dallas arena "cleared a lukewarm"
     Dallas City Council on Wednesday, as it ratified City
     Manager John Ware's letter of intent on a new facility,
     according to Todd Gillman of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  While
     council officials "said voters deserve the final word  ...
     some predicted" that voters would reject the deal if the
     Mavericks and Stars "don't promise enough downtown
     development to justify" the $125M public subsidy.  Gillman
     adds that "even some council members who voted to keep the
     deal on track remain critical of key elements in the
     package, particularly the lack thus far of guaranteed
     development around the arena; the mandatory demolition of
     18-year-old Reunion Arena; and the reliance on tourist taxes
     rather than user fees on parking and tickets."  The council
     will decide November 12 whether to call a January vote on
     higher hotel/car rental taxes to finance the city's share. 
     By then, team owners and city negotiators say, a site will
     be picked and more details will be known about the potential
     for development around the arena (MORNING NEWS, 10/9).

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