Report: Santa Clara judge favors 49ers in case of disputed tax funds

March 21, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Local courts are siding with the 49ers over the $30 million in disputed tax funds that South Bay school officials attempted to pull from the new Santa Clara stadium funding.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner ruled Wednesday "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," according to the San Jose Mercury News.

"He supported both the city's and 49ers' point of view, as well as the citizens'," said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews. "I'm exceedingly pleased that the judge validated our position."

The report indicates the 49ers might have to wait until 2016 to receive the funds.

The losing sides will appeal during a hearing Friday afternoon.

Most recently, the 49ers appeared to have reached a deal on Aug. 9 in which the Santa Clara Unified School District and other agencies will get about half of the money they wanted, while the 49ers would get the full 30 million, although not as quickly as they had hoped.

No matter what happens to the $30 million in question, it is not expected to impact the construction of the $1.2 billion stadium, which is schedule to open for the 2014 NFL season.

The stadium, which will be flanked by new streets honoring Marie P DeBartolo and Bill Walsh, has already raised over $403 million in total seat sales, as the team announced it has already sold 75 percent of Stadium Builders License contracts.

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