SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A group fighting the city of Sacramento’s plan to subsidize a new basketball arena for the Kings has submitted tens of thousands of signatures in an attempt to force a public vote on the matter.

Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, or STOP, submitted 34,000 signatures on Friday for verification by Sacramento County election officials.

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The group needs 22,027 valid voter signatures to get the initiative on the June ballot.

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The NBA has told Sacramento it must build a modern arena to keep the Kings in town. The city has approved paying $258 million of the project’s estimated $448 million cost.

California’s campaign watchdog agency disclosed in August that billionaire Chris Hansen, who lost a bid to move the Kings to Seattle, secretly gave $80,000 to pay signature gatherers trying to qualify the measure.

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