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11-07-2012, 09:01 PM
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Impact of Glendale election on fate of Phoenix Coyotes future

Our story thus far... Outgoing city council decided they needed to revise the proposed arena lease and still haven't approved it (almost a month after apparently getting agreement from Jamison on changed/new terms). Mayor and a number council seats getting new folks. And there was a measure on ballot for approval of increased sales tax to help pay for lease "payments" to Coyotes and other city services.

So, on Prop 457 -- which would keep the sales tax increase if defeated (and it was) and the impact on the Coyotes.

The council has been divided on the issue. Mayor Elaine Scruggs, Councilwoman Norma Alvarez and former Councilman Phil Lieberman, who resigned last month, question the need for the hike when the city at the same time has justified spending upward of $300 million to retain the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team at its city-owned arena.
A council majority of Joyce Clark, Steve Frate, Yvonne Knaack and Manny Martinez blame the economy for the financial situation and say keeping the Coyotes is in the long-term interest of the city.

And Shoalts weighs in

Even though part of the $25-million (all currency U.S.) was expected to go towards payments to the NHL team, which will average $15-million per year over the 20-year arena lease, there is no guarantee the new lineup at city council will keep the lease in place. The current council, which will remain in office until January, was shown a reworked Coyotes lease that lowered the payment to prospective owner Greg Jamison from $17-million to $11-million in the first year but it has not officially approved it.
The new mayor, former Arizona lawmaker Jerry Weiers, issued a shot across the bow of the NHL and the Coyotes on Tuesday night after he won the race to replace outgoing mayor Elaine Scruggs. Weiers said Glendale, a cash-strapped city of 250,000 that had to handle a $35-million deficit in its 2013 budget, “is not your cash register.” He also professed his love for the Coyotes but said, “we cannot sacrifice our way of life so they can maintain theirs.”

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