Nevada sports arena measure may go one-on-one with another ballot proposal

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March 30, 2011

Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nevada: If the sports arena initiative slated for the 2012 ballot is enacted, the finished product would be a venue for athletic competition to take place in. However, before that happens, if at all depending on state voters, the newly certified ballot measure may face some competition of its own, a competition that goes beyond an opponent's campaign against it.

Senate Bill 495 was introduced on March 28, 2011 as a response to the certified sports arena ballot measure. The proposal would prohibit a special tax district in the state as well as prohibit the creation of an area in which the sales tax was higher than other parts of the county. The measure was introduced by the Senate Revenue Committee, and according to State Senator Sheila Leslie, chairwoman of the committee, if approved by the Legislature, the bill would be placed on the 2012 ballot as a competing measure to the sports arena initiative.

Leslie also stated that the proposal that received the most votes in the 2012 general election would win. However, if neither measure receives 50 percent of the vote, both would be considered rejected by voters.[1]

The Sports Arena Initiative has already secured a spot on the ballot and will appear in the November 6, 2012 statewide election as an indirect initiated state statute. The proposed initiative would allow a 20,000-seat sports arena on the Las Vegas Strip. Specifically the initiative would impose a 0.9 cent sales tax in a taxing district near the proposed arena. The revenue would finance bonds to construct the arena.[2]

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