"By agreeing to a referendum, the Dolphins would test the lingering backlash against the 2009 deal that gave the Marlins a new ballpark largely funded by taxpayers. The Dolphins see their plan as more palatable, since Ross has agreed to use private dollars to pay for at least $201 million of the project, with state and county funds paying no more than $199 million.
Ross would likely use a mix of team and NFL funds, and some finance authorities have said NFL money could match the Dolphins’ contribution dollar for dollar.
The public money would come from a new, $3 million state subsidy for Sun Life, and from increasing the county’s tax on mainland hotels to 7 percent from 6 percent. The Dolphins have proposed the same hotel-tax hike in prior years. A Miami Herald poll in October found 84 percent of Miami-Dade respondents were against spending tax dollars on the stadium, but that was before Ross’ pledge to use private dollars for a majority of the work."
They must have gotten better poll results this time around. His contribution doesn't make a lick of difference to me. I would vote no on the stadium funding if he put 95% of the money in. I suppose that Mayor Gimenez might have told Ross, the stadium owner, NO WAY without a referendum. They had a meeting February 1st. Gimenez saw what happened to the last Miami Dade County Mayor who didn't do a referendum: Recall. He is not a stupid man. The referendum would cost between $3 and $5 million dollars. The Herald said they didn't know who was going to pay for it.