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March 29, 2015

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Opponents of Las Vegas Strip arena proposal file appeal

CARSON CITY – Opponents of a plan by Caesars Entertainment to build a $500 million sports and entertainment arena on the Las Vegas Strip have filed their second appeal with the Nevada Supreme Court.

Taxpayers for the Protection of Nevada Jobs, in its latest appeal, is challenging the finding of Carson City District Judge Todd Russell that there were adequate signatures on the initiative petition to place it on the election ballot next year.

Earlier, the MGM Resorts International-backed group challenged that the petition was defective since it covered more than one subject. It is now asking the Supreme Court to consolidate the two appeals.

Caesars collected 221,874 signatures on its petition to allow voters to decide if they wanted a 0.9 percent sales tax imposed in a special area of the Strip where the 27,000-seat arena would be built behind Harrah’s, which is owned by Caesars Entertainment.

The Legislature is processing a competing plan what would ask voters in 2012 to prohibit setting up special districts where the sales and use tax was higher than in the rest of the county. If both go on the ballot, the one with the most votes will win.

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