Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Comptroller Delivers Scottrade Center Financing Agreement

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Comptroller Delivers Scottrade Center Financing Agreement

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St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green followed court orders Tuesday and turned over her signed copy of a $64 million stadium financing agreement, ending a contentious 24 hours in which Blues owners accused her of being in contempt of court.

The Blues filed a motion in St. Louis Circuit Court Tuesday morning saying Green violated Judge Joan Moriarty's order from Nov. 27 to sign the agreement. On Monday, Green announced she had signed the agreement per the order, but was withholding it until she had time to appeal.

Late Tuesday afternoon, after a last-minute hearing in front of Moriarty that ended without a ruling, Green's spokesman Tyson Pruitt said she had delivered the signed document.

"The Comptroller does not comply with this finance agreement voluntarily," Pruitt said in an email. "As she has stated, this financing agreement is not in the best interest of city taxpayers; it draws upon the city's general fund for repayment and may harm the city's credit."

A Blues spokesman said attorneys withdrew the contempt of court motion against Green after receiving the documents Tuesday.

As written, Moriarty's order didn't explicitly say Green had to distribute a signed copy of the document, only that Green had to sign it within five days, a deadline that passed Monday. But the Blues said it amounted to not signing the agreement if Green's actions continue to prevent it from going into effect.

The Blues had requested Green be fined $1,000 for every day she refused to hand over the financing agreement, but that issue has been resolved without any fines assessed.

A brief hearing on the motion was held Tuesday in St. Louis Circuit Court, as well as discussion of a motion by Green's attorney, Elkin Kistner, asking Moriarty to change her order because it was "fatally injected with legal error." Moriarty did not immediately issue a ruling. …

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