Taxes and tax breaks focus of heated debate as two sides square off over Coyotes arena deal

The CEO of the Arizona Coyotes, Xavier Gutierrez, and Tempe City Councilman Joel Navarro debated Tempe residents who oppose the hockey team’s proposed $2.3 billion arena and entertainment district development. The project would include an arena, restaurants, stores, offices, hotels, and apartments. While the Coyotes never proposed taxpayer money goes towards the project, the team has requested several tax incentives, including a 30-year Government Property Lease Excise Tax, that would allow the owners of the development not to pay property taxes. The Coyotes outspent the opposition 21 to 1.

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