Advocates and opponents alike of the proposed Convention Center hotel continue to debate as early voting begins.
Wired PR News – The debate on whether to approve a measure for a taxpayer owned hotel in Dallas heats up as early voting is set to begin. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, those opposing as well as those advocating for the passage of a measure that would modify Dallas’ charter and ban public convention hotel ownership made last minute pleas to area residents for their case the day before the start of early voting.
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert is quoted in the report as stating to prospective voters, “We need to do this to produce jobs … we need this to produce taxes. If we don’t move forward on this, we will see this industry continue to decline.” However, former city council member for Fort Worth Donovan Wheatfall, is quoted as giving the opposing view, “What we found out through studies … is that the people would be completely on the hook if we owned it… You are pledging future revenues of the city to pay for the hotel. That to me fundamentally is a problem.”