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Voters opposed taxpayer-funded hockey arena for Coyotes

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Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc delivers his address to the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Partner Council. /Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton

Scottsdale Independent

In a Feb. 24-25 survey of 786 registered voters across Arizona, there is clear opposition to the use of public monies to finance a new hockey arena for the Arizona Coyotes.

In the poll, 68 percent of Arizona statewide voters and over 71 percent of Maricopa County voters are opposed to the concept. Only 13-14 percent of voters support a taxpayer-subsidized arena. The margin of error for the survey is 3.58 percent, according to a press release.

Additionally, 79 percent of statewide and Maricopa County voters are opposed to legislative efforts under consideration to create a special taxing district to finance the construction of a new arena and when voters become informed about current taxpayer debt is still owed on the current Glendale arena, voter opposition to a new facility stiffens even more with only 10-11 percent of voters in support.

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