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Kinder's New Stadium Bill Revives Savvis Money

April 29, 2002
By: Johnathan Woodward
State Capital Bureau

The Savvis Center is back in the Cardinals stadium bill in the Missouri Senate--with a major-league question mark.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder has a new version of the Cardinals stadium bill that includes sales tax money for the Savvis Center.

But Kinder says if Savvis wants to see that money, there must be renovation to the Kiel Opera House, and an NBA team must make Savvis its home court.

Is it feasible for pro basketball to make it to St. Louis anytime soon? State Senator David Klarich thinks so:

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Kinder says he hopes this and other changes will increase the bill's chances of passing as it comes up for debate this week.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.


Fix up the Opera House, bring a basketball team to town, and the Savvis Center could be in the money.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder's new version of the Cardinals stadium bill brings back money for the Savvis Center.

Savvis could keep up to 3 million dollars of sales tax money it generates each year.

But, Kinder says there's a catch...there must be renovations to the Kiel Opera House, and Savvis must be the home court of a pro basketball team:

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Kinder says adding money for Savvis along with a cap on historic tax credits should make it easier for the bill to be passed.

Kinder says the bill will be debated this week.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.


Money for the Savvis Center is back in the Cardinals stadium bill.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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The new Senate version of the stadium bill says the Savvis Center can get up to 3 million dollars of sales tax money it generates each year.

Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, says Savvis won't get the money unless a pro basketball team moves in, and the Kiel Opera House is renovated.

Senator David Klarich says a plan with more than a baseball stadium means more economic growth:

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The new bill removes the downtown Kansas City redevelopment plans, and adds a cap on historic tax credits.

Kinder says the bill will be debated this week.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.