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Glendale Mayor To Coyotes, MLB Spring Training Teams: City "Not Your Cash Register"
Published November 8, 2012
BREAKING IT DOWN: CBSSPORTS.com’s Brian Stubits noted Glendale voters had the “chance to turn down a temporary tax hike the city inacted to help fix its budget (and presumably pay for the Coyotes' potential deal with Greg Jamison) but didn't.” Instead, they “backed the tax hike rather resoundingly.” That means the city possibly “will have more money to straighten out the budget and potentially keep the team in Glendale.” The possibility for the team staying “doesn't seem too far-fetched with $6 million needing to be cut,” and that amount “sure beats the $29 million that would have had to been cut if the tax hike had been rejected.” While the rejection of Prop 457 was “mostly good news for the team, the fact that the voters elected Jerry Weiers, the Republican candidate, as the new mayor to replace Elaine Scruggs has to be a bit concerning for fans who want the team to stay.” Stubits: “The fact that we've been waiting for months for a deal to be finalized with Jamison to sell the Coyotes, bringing in a mayor who is not interested in a giving any handouts to the Coyotes doesn't inspire a lot of confidence going forward. The mayor's office isn't the be-all, end-all of the chances to keep the team, but let's just say it helps to have friends in high places” (CBSSPORTS.com, 11/7).