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McCarty Deposition Alleges Secret Incentives in Arena Negotiations

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A lawsuit from opponents of the public subsidy going toward the planned downtown Sacramento sports and entertainment complex alleges that hidden incentives were included at the city’s expense.

City Council member Kevin McCarty was deposed by attorneys representing the Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (or STOP) on Monday.

“There were elements of the term sheet; billboards, extra land, underground parking at the Downtown Plaza, which, in my view, added up to tens of millions of dollars and which weren’t properly reflected in the term sheet as a subsidy,” McCarty said.

A copy of McCarty’s deposition was sent to FOX40 on Thursday.

Mayor Kevin Johnson did not have a comment Thursday evening.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was in Sacramento Wednesday night to visit with Johnson and Kings owners. He told reporters that he was “absolutely confident” the arena would be completed, despite its current legal drama.

Critics of the arena subsidy say McCarty’s remarks during his deposition suggest the city “[caved] to the will of the NBA.”

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