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NEW POLL HAS ROCKETS FULL OF FUEL FOR POSSIBLE REFERENDUM
Published April 2, 1998
Boosted by a recent poll showing 73% of Harris County residents would vote for an arena for the Rockets requiring no new taxes, team officials "are prepared to start a full- court press for an August referendum," according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Rockets Owner Les Alexander will meet with Mayor Lee Brown and County Judge Robert Eckels on Monday to work out details "on a deal to take to voters." But Eckels called an August arena referendum "premature" since the team has a lease at the Compaq Center through 2003, and said that the focus should instead be on a stadium for a possible NFL team. The Univ. of Houston polled 502 Harris County residents, including 69% who live in Houston, which is an increase from the 57% of county residents who live in Houston. The poll also showed that 83% said it is important or very important that the Rockets stay in Houston (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/2).