CHICAGO -- The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would give six counties the ability to place before voters a local tax package to finance sports facilities or convention centers.

The bill was an expanded version of a measure the House passed last month. That bill had originally been drafted for Wayne County, which plans to put a 1% tax on hotel and motel rooms and restaurant meals and a 2% tax on rental cars on the March ballot. Revenues from the taxes would be used to back bonds for a new baseball stadium for the Detroit Tigers in the county seat of Detroit.

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