Stadium Audit: 49ers Owe Almost $2 Million to City and Construction Fund
By Robert Haugh
The final stadium audit has been released, finally. The bottom line is $1,957,051. That’s how much the 49ers have to reimburse the city of Santa Clara or the construction fund. Here’s the breakdown:
- $229,239 for staff time spent on the stadium.
- $114,781 for un-reimbursed fire department staff costs.
- $894,228 for construction funds used for public safety and operations.
- $718,803 unpaid parking fees for golf course.
- $1,957,051 Total
This number is slightly different than the amount previously reported in the draft that was leaked to news media, starting with the erroneous Santa Clara Weekly story, in early June. But it’s still a big number. Kudos to the Harvey Rose auditors. You can read the entire 168-page report yourself or just go to Page IV for a list of financial findings.
As has been previously reported by the Mercury News, the auditors found that Measure J was violated. It’s the law passed by voters in 2010 that prohibits general fund money from being used on stadium construction or operations.
Most of the top city staff that were responsible for spending the money are gone: City Manager Julio Fuentes, Finance Director Gary Ameling, City Attorney Ren Nosky — and Mayor Jamie Matthews who suddenly resigned in February, 2016.
So, the only top city staff remaining who have major responsibility for the spending and Measure J violations are: Interim City Manager Rajeev Batra, Police Chief Mike Sellers, and Fire Chief Bill Kelly. How will they have to answer for the audit findings?
More Stadium Items
The audit will be discussed as a part of the first dedicated meeting for the Stadium Authority on Thursday, August 24, starting at 5 p.m with a study session on the audit.
Additional items on the agenda:
- Stadium Authority meeting dates for 2018;
- Financial status for the quarter ending June 30, 2017;
- Non-NFL events;
- Reimbursement agreement between the 49ers and VTA for increased service in support of Non-NFL events;
- Information on the Transportation Management and Operations Plan;
- Use of the Stadium Authority community rooms at the stadium.
Many of these items have been heated topics at past Council meetings. We expect some tough questions. We’ll have more to report later this week. Stay tuned.