What the Coyotes’ Arena and Entertainment District Proposal Cost Tempe’s Taxpayers
By Lauren Kuby | November 25, 2023
The City of Tempe paid outside consultants $574,000 for advice on the Coyotes deal. That amount included $32,258 to conduct social media surveillance of residents who opposed the arena plan (see our news flash on Council Spygate). It also included $52,658 paid to bond attorney Tim Stratton, who did not divulge his conflict of interest (nor did the City inquire about a possible conflict). Stratton, a Scottsdale City Council candidate, had received a $5000 campaign contribution from Coyotes Attorney Nick Woods in January 2022. He was subsequently hired to represent the City of Tempe months later to negotiate with that very same attorney, Nick Woods, on the bonding instrument the Coyotes had proposed to help pay for the proposed Tempe Entertainment District.