Councillor Iveson believes there's a better deal to be had. .
Iveson says he would like to see less public funding and a higher ticket tax.
"I think there are big benefits to what we can get, and I think our risks are minimized." Councillor Henderson.
Councillor Henderson says this is a complicated decision. He believes the city's risks are minimized. .
"I don't think we're putting any money into this deal that would exist if this arena didn't go forward." Henderson.
"I'm seeing us getting an arena that we would otherwise have to pay for ourselves." Henderson.
"Over the 20 years, we will get all of our money back. I do not think that's a bad deal for us." Henderson
"[Katz] knows as well as we do that the faster he pays for it, the less he pays." Councillor Caterina.
"If there is another identified funding source that does not increase taxes, I can support this." Caterina
"Katz and his group... handled this awfully badly." Caterina
Councillor Caterina appears to be showing his support for the updated framework. He says the Katz Group has handled things badly when negotiations started. .
"I'm comfortable that this is a much fairer deal than what was brought back from New York," Caterina said, "It's probably a pretty good deal to me."
"I'm comfortable supporting this package as it is right now." Caterina
"I'm concerned that a lack of clarity has resulted in the council losing face in the public." Councillor Sloan
Councillor Sloan believes the risk the city is taking is grave. Says there has been a lack of clarity from administration. .
"Another aspect of this deal breaks a century old partnership with Northlands." Sloan
"I have not been satisfied that we have sought sufficient collateral from the Katz Group in case he defaults." Sloan
"I think we can all agree that the majority of Edmontonians want to see a new downtown arena." Councillor Diotte
"This deal should not proceed unless we get that $100 million up front." Diotte
Councillor Diotte understands most Edmontonians want a downtown arena. But he says the deal has 'mutated into a critter he can not recognize'..
"I encourage my council colleagues to vote against this deal." Diotte
"We absolutely owe it to the taxpayers to get this deal right." Diotte
"I think we might have some work to do on educating the public on what the financial portions of this deal are." Councillor Loken
"I'm happy to support this motion and work forward." Loken
Councillor Loken says the issue is more than about Oilers. He says its about Edmonton. He says it's a game changer. .
"I do think that this is a good deal." Councillor Krushell
"The city will own the arena, really Katz is our tenant." Krushell
Councillor Krushell says she believes the city has come to the table with a good deal. She says the opportunity is now. She points to a number of young business people who show support for the project. .
"The project will pay a key part in revitalizing our downtown, and that is why I'm supporting this." Krushell
"Property taxes will not be used to pay for a new arena." Krushell
"I hope council, that you vote yes." Krushell
"This is a very divisive issue for the community." Councillor Sohi
"This is a deal I can support." Sohi
Councillor Sohi says this has been 'one of those difficult conversations'. He says this is something he is comfortable supporting. .