Impact of Glendale election on fate of Phoenix Coyotes future
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11-11-2012, 02:30 PM
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The political winds in Glendale will shift in January when four new elected leaders are seated on the City Council, the first major change in years for the West Valley city known for its long-standing leaders.
A new majority is expected to take a more skeptical stance on a Phoenix Coyotes deal and ease, although not give up, opposition to a proposed tribal casino.
An independent audit to scrutinize spending in the cash-strapped city seems all but assured based on newly elected members’ campaign rhetoric.
The transformation began last week as voters ousted the only incumbent, 16-year Councilwoman Joyce Clark, who ran in the city that’s seen its heavy investment in professional sports falter.
However, two months remain before Weiers and the others are sworn into office. The current majority could still secure a deal to keep the hockey franchise at the city-owned arena this month.
Interim City Manager Horatio Skeete last week said if voters had repealed the tax increase, estimated to bring in about $25million annually for five years, the deal would have died.
“It would have been much, much too heavy,” Skeete said.
The 20-year deal, in its current form, would require the city to pay Coyotes suitor Greg Jamison an average of $15million annually to manage the city-owned Jobing.com Arena. The four-member council majority has said keeping the team as the anchor tenant at the arena is in the long-term best interest of the city. Skeete has agreed.
Clark went on to say that a vote on the agreement with Jamison would happen Nov.27.
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