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April 21, 2004
Hold everything, Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys' planned $650 million stadium project at Fair Park, about $400 million of which would use tax money, has run into a roadblock: It may be against state law. A 1999 law prohibits the use of car rental taxes - and possibly also hotel taxes, the other revenue stream the Cowboys want to tap - in "an area or facility that is part of a municipal parks and recreation system." (No, we don't really understand why, either.) It looks like the team will now need to seek state legislative approval of its stadium plans, on top of a proposed November voter referendum in Dallas County.