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January 20, 2011

A survey of 400 likely voters in Chelan and Douglas County shows overwhelming opposition to a proposed sales tax increase to pay down Town Toyota Center’s construction debt… Members of the Arena’s governing board met jointly yesterday with the Wenatchee City Council to hear the findings of the telephone survey. Steve Hair was there and filed a report . .

The poll was conducted as a means of measuring public attitudes and perceptions of the arena as well as gauging support for a .1 percent sales tax increase if it were to be placed on the ballot.

Bill Robinson with Robinson Research conducted the survey for the Public Facilities District which represents the two counties and nine cities that own the 43-hundred seat arena. Robinson presented the survey findings which showed that 87 percent of those surveyed said they were aware of the facility and that 70 percent said they had attended an event there. But 41 percent of the respondents said they would strongly oppose a sales tax increase if they were asked to vote on it.

The Public Facilities District board of directors will now be asked to decide if a sales tax vote should be pursued. No decisions were made at Wednesday’s meeting.

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