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Arizona lawmaker proposes taxpayers pay for Super Bowl in Glendale

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

Just four days until the Super Bowl and of course next year the big game will be right here in Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium over in Glendale. The NFL is a billion dollar business so why do some people want Arizona taxpayers to help pay for the big game?

The City of Glendale told FOX10 quite a different story about all of this. The proposal comes from majority leader David Gowan, a Republican from Sierra Vista. It will provide money not so much to Glendale but to other cities that qualify for future events.

This will be money from the state that would help in this case Glendale hosting the Super Bowl especially with the NFL experience moving to Phoenix and so many visitors to the game staying in Scottsdale.

The proposal would reimburse host cities of big competitively big events for public safety costs up to $4 million. Boots on the ground stuff, Police, Fire, overtime. Glendale's Mayor says it will be a big help for next year when his city hosts this biggest of big games.

"Just so happens we have a super bowl coming up in 369 days I think it is now. Very, very soon. The public portion of that, the public safety portion that potentially could be in excess of $3.5 million for my city and my city is not the position to come up with those funds" said Mayor Weiers.

That is not focused on public safety expenses and anyway the City of Glendale back then had a lot more money. Why doesn't the NFL pick up the tab for protecting people going to the game? after all, the league certainly has the money.

"Obviously you need to talk to the NFL about that. I don't know. I can tell you the NFL is a well oiled machine. They understand what it takes to put on an event like this. At the same time the State of Arizona that wanted the Super Bowl here" said Mayor Weiers.

Glendale's Mayor says big events like the Super Bowl make money for communities around the state. So everybody should pitch in and help his city now.

Now remember there are a lot of requirements to qualify for this special event publish safety reimbursement fund a $4 million limit. Glendale believes it will run up a 3 1/2 million dollar bill for public safety cost for the Super Bowl.

There is a long road for this proposal to go through to become a bill and then ultimately to become law. It has to go through the House, Senate and then to the Governor.

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