Arena Tax Rejected

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Just as recent polls had shown, the quarter cent sales tax to pay for a new downtown arena was not a popular idea. Voters rejected Measures Q and R. But County Supervisor Roger Dickinson, one of the main proponents of a new arena, says their down but not out.  

"We took a risk. We ended up falling on our face. Now we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off." 

Dickinson says the next step for arena backers is to form a non-profit group called Share the Vision to keep the idea of a new arena alive.

That’s unwelcome news to Sacramento State Assemblyman Dave Jones – a strong opponent of a publicly subsidized arena. 

"I’m astonished to hear that they’re planning to disregard the will of the voters."

Jones says the private sector should build a new arena.

As for the owners of the Sacramento Kings, Joe and Gavin Maloof released a statement saying they respect the voter’s decision, nevertheless they’re committed to the effort of replacing Arco Arena.