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Council Votes to Support Kings and New Arena

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Councilmember Steve Cohn said he will continue to support the City's efforts.

"We have shown through our proposal last year that we negotiated with the NBA that we are able and willing to put substantial City assets as long as they don't in any way touch our general fund that goes to all our City operations," Cohn said.

Councilmember Kevin McCarty voted no on the resolution.

"To me it's less about a resolution supporting keeping the Kings but more about setting the stage for a major City subsidy for an arena proposal with no guarantee what the City will get in return," McCarty said.

Joining McCarty with a no vote was Councilmember Darrell Fong.  Fong has been a skeptic of using taxpayer dollars to help fund an arena, but he did vote in favor of a plan to use parking dollars to build an arena at the Railyards last year.

Newcomer Steve Hansen has also expressed doubts about public financing for an arena, but he voted yes for the resolution.  He said every great society has had a colliseum.  He also said public input needs to be a part of the process.

Tonight's resolution also asked the National Basketball Association to support Sacramento's efforts to keep the team.

The council voted 7-2 last year to lease parking operations to raise money for its share of arena construction. 

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