Officials in Santa Clara, Calif., have declined to provide $30 million in tax funds toward the construction of the new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, county officials said they would rather use funds for teachers than pay for “little televisions in the back of stadium seats.”
It’s caused an issue with the 49ers and Santa Clara city officials after the county pledged $40 million in funds and provided only $10 million. Construction began in April and according to the report the 49ers will eat the difference if it cannot be settled in their favor.
“Ladies and gentleman, retain your attorneys: The litigation is (about) to begin,” County Assessor Larry Stone told the Mercury News.
This isn’t going to impact whether or not the building, set to open in 2014, will be done or done in time. But it does put the 49ers in a position to now battle the county for money the club had been promised.
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