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Lawmakers pass WCup finance bill for Brazil city

March 26, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Local lawmakers in southern Brazil have approved a bill that World Cup organizers say is needed to allow Porto Alegre to continue as one of the tournament’s 12 host cities.

Tuesday’s approval came a day after Mayor Jose Fortunati warned that the city was in danger of being excluded because of the delay in the vote.

The bill authorizes tax exemptions for companies interested in funding temporary facilities at Porto Alegre’s stadium to house media, sponsors and technical teams.

The stadium owner, Brazilian club Internacional, now needs to find the companies to pay for the structures.

FIFA wanted a solution soon because it can take up to three months to put the structures in place. The first match in Porto Alegre is France vs. Honduras on June 15.

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