Residents mixed on Coyotes vote

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on June 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 9 at 11:40 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After three years of contentious debate and uncertainty, the Glendale City Council voted to keep the Coyotes hockey team in town. But taxpayers say they're not sure if the deal will pay off in the end.

The $325 million dollar taxpayer-funded deal would keep the team in Glendale under the ownership of Greg Jamison.

Reaction amongst people who live and work in the city of Glendale was mixed.

At a strip mall near 59th Avenue and Peoria, about six miles from the stadium, some said they thought the deal would hurt the city more than help it.

"I'm not a big fan of keeping them here for that much money, because it will just increase everything for everyone else," said Simon Cavazos, of the City's plans to hike taxes to help pay for the team.

His coworker Kyle, at Sub Culture Tattoo Parlor, disagreed.

"It will keep businesses in business. A lot of people will come and see the Coyotes," Kyle said. "People will come and spend money."

Jamison and the National Hockey League must still reach an agreement before any deal is finalized.

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