Been wondering what ever happened with that $30 million in property tax money that the San Francisco 49ers were going to get for their new Santa Clara stadium, only then the state development agency that was going to give it to them got dissolved and the body that inherited the money said they’d rather spend it on schoolteachers, and then there was a lawsuit and a settlement and then the California state finance department said the settlement was illegal? No? Well, tough, you’re going to hear it anyway:
After a yearlong royal rumble between the San Francisco 49ers, local schools, the Brown administration and others, a judge on Wednesday ruled that South Bay school officials were wrong last year to yank $30 million in disputed tax funds from the team’s new stadium.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner said in a nine-page tentative ruling that he could not immediately award the funds to the 49ers, but he appeared to leave little recourse but to make sure the Niners eventually receive the money one way or another. The team may have to wait until as late as 2016 to receive the cash, however, the judge said.
The Santa Clara board that tried to take back the $30 million is now expected to appeal, with a hearing scheduled for Friday. The San Jose Mercury News claims that this will “conclude a contentious court case that began when the 49ers sued to reclaim the money last June,” but the notion of anything ever concluding in this case seems but a distant dream.