49ers Head to Court Over Tax Money Promised For New Stadium
The 49ers are going to court this week over $30 million in disputed taxes originally earmarked for a new stadium in Santa Clara. The team is asking a judge Tuesday for a temporary restraining order to prevent the money from being spent until the matter is settled.
The battle started when a new board that oversees former redevelopment agency funds voted to redirect the money, saying it could be put to better uses such as public schools.
The 49ers argue the money belongs to the team because voters approved using redevelopment funds in 2010 to build the new stadium. City officials agree with the team and say they are contractually obligated to pay the money. The 49ers don’t expect the fight to jeopardize construction of the stadium.