Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

PHOENIX -- Two men are suing the City of Scottsdale over its deal to host the Phoenix Open golf tournament.

John Washington and Mark Stuart filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Maricopa Superior Court. Court documents also list elected city officials as defendants in claims that the groups were subsidizing the golf complex that hosts the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The complaint said the city "illegally" used "money collected from hardworking taxpayers to subsidize private interests and the recreational activities of the wealthy," and that the city was "lavishing the Tournament and the TPC with millions of dollars in new 'freebies' paid for" by Scottsdale residents.

"Freebies" included improvements to the 400-acre site and clubhouse at Hayden Road near Princess Drive that will cost $25 million. The city would get $4 million of benefits in return, the lawsuit said. Such a one-sided deal is against the Arizona Constitution, the document cited, adding it also breaks the city charter.

A Scottsdale official said the city would defend itself.,

share this story:
Attention Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company

    SCF Arizona has a new name. They are now CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company.
  • Taylor Morrison

    World Class People. World Class Company. We are a national home builder committed to building homes inspired by you.
  • Go Daddy

    World Class People. World Class Company. Go Daddy is a Fortune 100 "Best Companies to Work For."
  • Avnet

    World Class People. World Class Company. Here's information on a Fortune 500 company from Arizona.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Working For Arizona

    The business and economics of Arizona at the start of 2014 and looking forward.
  • Arizonans In Need

    Putting a focus on charities and organizations who provide help and/or need your help to fulfill their missions.