Passage of Porto Alegre tax measure averts crisis

[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] A collective sigh of relief could be heard from across Brazil all the way to FIFA headquarters in Zurich. On Tuesday, lawmakers in the city of Porto Alegre passed a measure providing for tax relief for companies interested in paying for auxiliary facilities needed during World Cup games at the Estadio Beira-Rio.

Amid reports that Brasilia was put on standby as a spillover venue for games that had to be moved, Porto Alegre mayor Jose Fortunati had said there would be no World Cup in the southern city if the measure did not pass. His government already said it would not spend public money on the temporary projects to host media and VIP facilities.

The stadium owner, Internacional, is responsible for finding companies willing to pay for the facilities.
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