The newest proposal to pay for renovations of Bank of America Stadium may well be dead on arrival in Raleigh.
Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell sent the proposal to Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders asking them to authorize a half-cent increase in the food and beverage tax for 15 years to pay for the renovations.
That's half of the city's original proposal and Mitchell said it would make sure the Carolina Panthers stay in Charlotte.
"It is with considerable urgency that I respectfully as for the state to authorize the additional half-percent prepared food and beverage tax," Mitchell wrote. "I fear the state's failure to do so will ultimately lead to the sale and relocation of the Carolina Panthers."
The proposal is getting positive response from Charlotte area restaurant owners who had opposed the first proposal of a 1 percent tax for up to 30 years.
It is getting a very different response in Raleigh.
"They want us to impose a tax without a vote of the people. The answer to that is no. It's been no, it's still no, it's going to stay no," said Rep. Bill Brawley, a Republican from Charlotte.
Brawley said the only proposal that would fly is one spelled out in a bill introduced by Charlotte area lawmakers that would take money from the city's Convention Center, raised by a long-standing hospitality tax.
Mitchell and other local leaders said the proposal would not leave money for amateur sports programs they're trying to build to bring new sports-related tourism and business to Charlotte, so he said he wanted to offer another alternative, even if he knew it was a long shot.
"I wanted to fight to the end. If there could be another option, would they embrace that one?" Mitchell said.