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BELIEVE IT OR NOT, QUESTIONS STILL SURROUND DALLAS ARENA
Published October 9, 1997
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).