The city of Glendale may be working towards an agreement to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, but the city may be working without all the facts, the Goldwater Institute said.
"They just voted on a contract they don't have the financial justification to explain," said Starlee Rhoades, Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute on News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos Show.
According to Rhoades, Glendale approved a deal that is missing two critical parts in the written contract.
"We know how much the city of Glendale is going to pay to the guy who is going to buy the team -- [Greg] Jamison -- and his company that's going to run the arena," she said.
Rhoades said the contract that the Goldwater Institute received on Monday refers to several exhibits in the contract, but some of those exhibits were included with the contract. Those exhibits have not been shown to Glendale City Council members either.
One missing exhibit missing is a written budget for Jobing.com Arena. The other missing exhibit details the performance standards the arena management company is supposed to meet, including how many events the company will bring in, the plan for repairs and maintenance and other requirements. The other missing exhibit missing is a written budget for Jobing.com Arena.
According to Rhoades, the lack of these documents is a breach of the open meeting law and public records law in Arizona, something a judge agreed with.
"The judge said, 'I don't have the legal authority to block them from voting today, but I agree with you, Goldwater Institute, that they are violating open meetings law,'" said Rhoades. "'They are violating public records law and they are in violation of court orders to provide documents to the public and if you come back to me, after they've passed this deal, I will strike it down.'"
The Institute wanted Glendale to delay the vote until the paperwork was in order, but the city approved the deal on Friday.
"We said, 'Hey, do this in a couple of days when you've had a chance to finish these exhibits and get everything public and give taxpayers the chance to look at the documents and weigh in,'" said Rhoades. "And that is all we're asking for: that people have the chance to be heard. They rushed this thing to a vote without being ready."
Rhoades said the deal was rushed by the NHL and rumors that Jamison's investors are faltering.
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