BALLPARK SALES TAX ENDS EARLY IN ARIZONA
After November 30, Maricopa County (AZ) merchants will
be asked to stop collecting a quarter-cent sales tax which
was being used to finance Bank One Ballpark, according to
Mike McCloy of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. A "soaring economy"
has helped raise County Stadium District's $238M share of
the ballpark's $354M price. The stadium tax, which has been
in effect since April '95, "originally was scheduled to
expire" after the D'Back open their season in April, but a
"closer look at the numbers" brought a request to terminate
the tax five months early (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 10/18).