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SBD/Issue 41/Law & Politics
Decision 2006: Sacramento Arena Funding Measures Defeated
Published November 8, 2006
|Sacramento Voters Defeat Sales
Tax Measures For New Kings Arena
REAX: A SACRAMENTO BEE editorial states, “Only the die-hards were willing to increase the county’s sales tax by a quarter cent for 15 years. The rest of the community was simply either confused or fed up with a billionaire family that walked away from negotiations because city and county officials wouldn’t give them everything they wanted.” Before seeking a solution, “some cold, hard realities will have to sink in with the Maloofs and the [NBA]. This is a unique market in a unique state with very, very high hurdles to pass new taxes. The Maloof style of doing business ... is not a recipe for a successful public/private partnership.” The editorial adds, “Some realities will also have to sink into local political and civic leaders. Translating the community’s affection for the Kings into a new facility will require more skillful leadership than has been on display to this point” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 11/8).