The legal battle over Sacramento's planned downtown arena is far from over, and the cost to the city is about to more than double.

At next week's meeting the Sacramento City Council will be asked to authorize as much as $750,000 to set aside for the city's defense against a lawsuit intended to stop construction.  

The Sacramento Bee says that's on top of a half-million already spent on the suit which tossed out by a judge once before.

Lawyers Patrick Soluri and Jeffrey Anderson have tweaked the suit and brought it back on behalf of three local people who insist the city is padding the financing deal with undisclosed gifts for the Kings owners, like downtown mall parking spaces belonging to the city.

City officials say this money they otherwise could put into basic services, like police and fire protection.