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Statement on Glendale's Proposed Coyotes Arena DealPosted on May 23, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Darcy Olsen
Although the Council approved an arena management fee in the budget Tuesday, nothing requires the Council to spend all or any part of it. The city could sign an arena management contract for less than that amount or for no amount at all if the city decides to manage the arena itself or put it out for competitive bidding. That said, we do believe this arena management fee is legally questionable if it is far greater than the value of the services to be provided. Additionally, Glendale taxpayers may choose to pursue future action to contest the fee by referendum. The Goldwater Institute cannot authoritatively comment on the legality of the deal until we and Glendale taxpayers can see the details. However, we are encouraged by reports that this deal will not include a massive up-front payment to help the buyer purchase the team, and we hope that the city will reach a deal that comports with the law and protects the interests of Glendale taxpayers.
WSJ: Glendale's Public Hockey ProjectPosted on May 09, 2012 | Type: In the News
The Cash-Strapped Arizona City Loses $12.9 Million a Year Supporting the NHL's Coyotes
A brief statement on the rumored Coyotes dealPosted on May 07, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Darcy Olsen
We are looking forward to reviewing the details of the deal when they are made public. We hope the new deal complies with the law and protects taxpayers by requiring the private parties involved to bear any related costs.
Why I'm Not Buying a House in Glendale, Ariz.Posted on May 02, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
After well over four years in Arizona, my wife and I have finally sold our property in Texas and we’re ready to buy a house here. I work near downtown Phoenix, but we’d like a little room and we’re not flush with cash, so I’m willing to drive. That means we could choose to live in most communities in the Valley, as long as they’re within about 20 miles of downtown Phoenix. One city in particular, though, is scratched off the list: Glendale.
Glendale Busts Its Budget and Plans to Raise TaxesPosted on April 23, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Carrie Ann Sitren
How do you close a $35 million budget gap? Perhaps the better question is why that hole was dug in the first place. One answer for the City of Glendale is hockey. In fiscal year 2012, the city added $20 million (up from only $1.2 million the year before) to its operating budget for the Jobing.com Arena, where the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team plays. The NHL has been demanding financial support from the city since 2009, when the team filed for bankruptcy.