OLYMPIA, Wash. — The sponsor of a bill that would have allowed King County to shift taxes to help pay for renovating Seattle's KeyArena says it's dead.
Sen. Ed Murray of Seattle says too many other lawmakers objected to the plan to extend restaurant and car rental taxes. He told The Seattle Times there's no chance of the measure being revived before Sunday when the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn. That hurts the city's chances of getting another $30 million from the NBA owner who moved the Sonics to Oklahoma City. Clay Bennett agreed to pay the money as part of the deal to end the KeyArena lease. He would have to pay if the state approved the arena taxes this year and no NBA team comes to Seattle by 2013. ___ Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.