The Sacramento Bee reports that city and county officials will soon present a new arena financing plan for the Kings, consisting of … well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it? “It would be incorrect to assume it is just a sales tax,” county CFO Geoff Davey told the Bee, which means it’s probably mostly a sales tax, with a whole lot of paper-shuffling going on to pretend otherwise.
The advantage of a sales tax hike, county counsel Robert Ryan freely admitted, is that it doesn’t require votes within the effected cities, just a countywide vote. And while a two-thirds supermajority of voters is normally required to approve project-specific sales-tax hikes, Kings backers think they can get around the requirement by having one vote on a general sales-tax hike, and a separate vote on the same ballot on how to spend the money – something the California state supreme court, in a case involving Santa Clara County, has previously indicated is legal, if sneaky. (What is it about dodgy judicial precedents and Santa Clara County, anyway?) If all goes according to plan, the paired referenda would go before voters this November.