49ers Gain Early Legal Victory In Fight Over Stadium Funding

SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – The San Francisco 49ers have scored an early legal victory in a Sacramento courtroom over what will happen with $30 million in disputed tax dollars.

The money was part of the budget for the city of Santa Clara’s redevelopment agency.

The 49ers argued that Santa Clara voters in 2010 approved a plan calling for spending the $30 million on a new stadium. But when all redevelopment agencies were abolished in California earlier this year, a new oversight committee decided that the money would be better spent on other things such as education.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Santa Clara County Executive Jeff Smith said now, everyone will have to wait.

“It means that the auditor controller keeps it in a trust and that the parties and interests have to come back to court to make their cases more completely,” Smith said.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 27.

The Niners said that despite the legal wrangling, the dispute will not delay construction of their new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara.

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