Convention Center Hotel Comes Down to the Wire

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Saturday, May 9, 2009  |  Updated 12:18 PM CDT
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Convention Center Campaign Down to the Wire

The campaigning is over, Dallas residents decide Saturday on a convention center hotel.

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Convention Center Campaign Down to the Wire

Dallas voters will decide Saturday if the city should build a convention center hotel.
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Dallas residents vote Saturday one the issue of a Dallas convention center hotel.

Both sides spent their final hours in phone banks, calling voters in Dallas' southern sector about the proposed $5 million project in downtown Dallas.

Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert made a last push Friday to radio listeners.

"It’s about keeping taxes low, bringing economic impact to our city and producing jobs -- that's key," he said.

But Ann Raymond, director of Citizens Against a Taxpayer-Owned Hotel fired back.

"If this was a good deal, the private sector would do it, and they are not investing their money in it," she said.

The group, which is financed primarily by billionaire and hotel owner Harlan Crowe, spent about $5 million, according to campaign finance reports.

The Vote No! group reported spending about about $1 million.

Voters should keep the wording of the hotel proposition that is on the ballot when casting a vote. Voting "yes" on Proposition 1 is a vote against the convention center hotel. Voting "no" is a vote in favor of the hotel.

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