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New Falcons Stadium: Many Atlantans Oppose Funding Via Hotel Tax

The Atlanta Falcons are trying to get creative to fund a new retractable roof stadium in downtown Atlanta. Their latest plan involves using hotel-motel taxes to finance the new stadium.

While the Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority are having positive negotiations, some Atlantans do not approve.

"I don’t think public money should be used for that," said Lenard McLin, 52, who was among 625 people polled. "The Falcons are privately owned, so they should pay for it themselves.

"I live right downtown, so it’s not like I’m going to book a hotel room. If other visitors are here and they are paying for it, fine. But as a resident of Atlanta ... no, I don’t think we need it."

Sixty-seven percent of those polled disapproved of funding a new stadium through hotel-motel tax revenue, according to the poll conducted last week for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

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