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People in Washington Against Using Tax Dollars For Sports

PASCO, Wash. - Governor Chris Gregoire is considering spending $300 million on a new home for the Seattle Supersonics, but a new study shows most tax payers don't like the way the governor's leaning.

You may know the phrase - "What's more American than baseball?" A lot people love come to places just like Dust Devils Stadium to watch a few innings, and have a hot dog. But when you ask the question, "Who's going to pay for the stadium?" People in Washington aren't exactly standing in line.

To see thrilling sports moments. You need sports complexes. The problem is each one costs millions of dollars. And sometimes if fans what to see a team in their home town, they not only pay for their ticket, but they also pay for the bricks. And a new survey shows seven out of ten people in Washington don't like that idea.

"I think it's a tragedy to use tax payers dollars," said Joann Breton, mother who disapproves of taxes for sports.    

"I think they are better ways to spend our money on," said Raquel O'Barr, Pasco resident.   

For example $1 million in state funds is paying for a new shade wall at Dust Devils Stadium and some feel that's missing the target.

"There's needs that need to be taken care of in our community, maybe things that could foster economic development or that could be an investment in our future," said John O'Barr, Ph.D.   

However some claim people forget investing in sports has big pay backs.

"The crowds they draw, the income they bring in. I mean people have to stay at hotels when they come here. So the city gets revenue from that sales tax," said James Anderson, Pasco resident.   

But others question how much of that money actually makes its way back to tax payer's wallets.

"I'd like to see some studies done on how long it takes taxpayers to recoup on investments that we make. I don't know if any body's ever done that," said John Olives, who disapproves of taxes for sports.    

Now if the Sonics don't get the $300 million from the state they could move to Oklahoma. And right now most tax payers would probably let them go.

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