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Goldwater Institute asks Glendale City Council to kindly not screw taxpayers over Coyotes

Jun 7, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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The Glendale City Council will soon be voting on a proposal that will see the city fork out $325 million in all to potential Coyotes owner Greg Jamison. Regional watchdog group, the Goldwater Institute, has been involved in the team’s dealings in the past and they’ve got some concerns this time around as well.

Goldwater Institute president and CEO Darcy Olsen sent a letter to the mayor of Glendale and the city council to address their concerns with the potential deal. To sum it up, they don’t want to see the taxpayers in Glendale end up over a barrel thanks to the deal.

Goldwater’s concerns hover around the possibility this deal can bring into effect the “gift clause” that helped kill Matthew Hulsizer’s bid to buy the team. They’re also asking about the cost parking rights, arena use at Jobing.com Arena, as well as the speed all of this is happening.

Goldwater isn’t alone in their worries, but it’s clear the financial issues the City of Glendale have run into recently are wearing on the minds of more than a few locals.

  1. govtminion - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    What, these guys AGAIN? It’s like Groundhog Day, we keep re-living the same thing over and over- buyer pops up, deal hits a snag, Goldwater pipes up, buyer drops out, repeat a year later. I’d like the Coyotes to stay put, but I’d REALLY like for this to just be over with one way or another.

  2. koyoteken - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Who, exactly, voted to put the “Goldwater Institute” in charge of this??
    Since when does this unelected bunch of d-bags have standing??

  3. canuckinamerica - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    koyoteken. They are there to serve the citizens and to ensure that said citizens don’t get “screwed”. Given that they should review ANY deal that could (and this deal most certainly will) cost taxpayers a burden. The city of Glendale is looking to make themselves look as good as possible while most certainly not looking out for the “average Joe”. It was, is and will be a very costly transaction and mistake for the taxpayers.

  4. lidstrom5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Get them out of Glendale its apparent the market is just not there ….
    There are more fan base in Kansas then there and i am a Canadian saying this.
    to be honest im not sure what is more annoying this or Brett Favre.

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