King County Council leaders request arena reviews

July 24, 2012

By Staff

King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer called July 9 for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg to investigate legal costs involved in reviewing a proposed agreement to build a $490 million Seattle sports and entertainment arena.

In a letter to Satterberg, von Reichbauer asked for the number of hours attorneys in the prosecutor’s office spent reviewing the agreement and the cost of review, plus how much the office spent on outside attorneys.

The day after von Reichbauer sent the letter, Councilman Bob Ferguson called for a detailed and independent analysis to determine the arena’s impact on jobs and the economy.

Ferguson intends to propose amending the agreement under consideration to require the analysis after the King County Council and the Seattle City Council approve the pact for the arena.

The request comes as the councils delve deeper into the proposal to build a facility for professional basketball and hockey.

The amount of public support is capped at $120 million if organizers secure only the NBA franchise. The total could rise to $200 million if the NHL is added to the equation.

In June, von Reichbauer called for the arena proposal to go before voters.

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