The first of three planned work sessions on a $660 million tax increment financing request by Sagamore Development opened Tuesday afternoon with a series of questions about labor, workforce development, transparency and state aid for school funding.

The Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee of the City Council met for three hours to consider possible amendments to legislation that would set up the largest tax increment financing, or TIF, request in the city's history. The TIF would be used to pay for infrastructure for the massive Port Covington project planned by Sagamore, the real estate arm owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. Under Armour plans to build its headquarters on the site.

Jon Laria, a Ballard Spahr partner hired by Sagamore, replied that discussion on wages at this point was "the tail wagging the dog."

"Sagamore Development has been actively involved in working out deals with unions," he said, as Sagamore Vice President Caroline Paff sat next to him nodding in agreement. "We're not ignoring that."


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