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'No Jones Tax' group opposes plan

2/13/2004 - Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS -- The Dallas Cowboys' proposal to use public funds
to build a new stadium, with an estimated price tag of $650
million, has residents lining up in opposition to what they say
will be high subsidies, including hotel and car rental taxes.

Members of the group called No Jones Tax opposes raising the
taxes to help fund a new venue.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has urged the construction of a
retractable-roof stadium as part of the $1 billion, year-round
entertainment development to replace Texas Stadium in Irving,
Texas.

Organizer Dave Capps said his group has received hundreds of
inquiries about its campaign opposing the Cowboys' proposal of
raising $450 million to help build a stadium through increases in
taxes, a move voters would have to approve.

"There's something inherently unfair about this," said Coppell
resident Ken Lobsinger, who spoke at the group's first rally.
"It's just unfair."

About 200 people attended the rally Thursday night in a hotel at
Dallas Market Center.

The Cowboys' unofficial proposal would add a 6 percent tax to
car rental bills in Dallas County. A 3 percent tax would be added
to existing taxes on hotel bills, giving Dallas the highest hotel
tax rate in the country, according to the Hotel Association of
Greater Dallas. Dallas-based cosmetics company Mary Kay and some
other businesses have said the tax would keep them from holding
conventions in the city.

Some lawmakers and Cowboys officials said the group's opposition
is premature. Capps, who owns a car rental company, said the
fledgling campaign to bring down the idea of raising taxes would
grow.

"You could call this our grand opening," Capps told The Dallas
Morning News in Friday's editions.

A Cowboys consultant said the project would be heavily funded by
private investments and might bring hundreds of millions in dollars
to Dallas.

"We just hope that the citizens of Dallas County, including
this group, will hold their judgment until the local elected
officials who are good, fiscally conservative stewards of the
taxpayers' money have had the opportunity to negotiate what we
believe will be an economically win-win deal for the citizen of
Dallas County," Cowboys consultant Rob Allyn said.