Friday, December 13, 2002
Tax rebate for Orange Bowl passes in House
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Lawmakers have so far said no to
helping the Marlins with a new stadium, but the state House came to
the aid of the Orange Bowl on Thursday.
A bill (HB 163) to rebate the sales tax on tickets and
concessions sold at the landmark Miami stadium, home of the
University of Miami football team, passed the House 81-30. It would
still need approval from the Senate.
The estimated $200,000 to $300,000 that wouldn't be paid to the
state in taxes would go to the city of Miami to make improvements
to the stadium.
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Manny Prieguez, R-Miami, calls
for a plan similar to the what the Florida Marlins baseball team
has been seeking to build a new downtown ballpark.
That idea so far hasn't passed and the Legislature is scheduled
to end Friday.
Prieguez, who opposes the Marlins rebate, said there were major
differences. The amount of money is the biggest. The Marlins' tax
rebate would be for about $122 million over 40 years.
Prieguez also argued that the Marlins plan would only help one
team, while an Orange Bowl rebate would help Miami draw other
events to what he called the "grand dame" of the city.
Opponents said it was a tax break that couldn't be afforded.