Panel clears obstacle for Vikings stadium project

9:30 AM, Oct 12, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposed local sales tax to pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium won't be going to voters.

The Vikings had complained that putting the half-cent tax hike before voters would delay the project by two years and add at least $110 million to the $1 billion proposal.

A Ramsey County panel on Tuesday rejected a countywide vote next year on a proposed sales tax hike to help build a new Vikings stadium. The vote by the county's Charter Commission clears an obstacle for supporters of the Vikings' plan for a $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills.

The Vikings have pointed out that the Twins got money from a Hennepin County sales tax for Target Field without a referendum. But many Ramsey County residents complained it was unfair they pay higher taxes for what's supposed to be a statewide asset.

The Vikings released a statement after Tuesday night's vote. The team said it appreciates the Ramsey County Charter Commission's willingness to move forward with the publicly-owned stadium project in Arden Hills. The team went on to say that it will begin to analyze the results of the Metropolitan Council study and look forward to putting the final package in place to make this project a reality. The Met Council study is scheduled to be made public Wednesday.


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