The Ramsey County Charter Commission might choose to let voters decide for themselves whether to raise their taxes to help pay for a Vikings stadium. Charter leaders are holding the second of two public hearings Tuesday.
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The county's charter commission is holding the first of two public hearings on whether voters should get to approve a sales tax for the stadium.
Little known Ramsey panel is the mouse that roars in Vikings stadium debate
The relatively obscure Ramsey County Charter Commission has become a key cog in the Vikings' quest for a stadium in Arden Hills. By giving voice to public opposition to a sales tax to fund the stadium, the charter commission is inserting itself into a high-stakes political power struggle. Some elected leaders might find themselves in the position of stifling a public vote or risk losing the Vikings.
Ramsey official says charter may still be an obstacle in stadium deal
Ramsey County Charter Commissioner Peter Hendricks says state law requires voters approve local sales taxes, even though he voted against changing local law to require a referendum. He says if legislators make an exception to that rule it will likely lead to a court battle.
Ramsey County panel: No public vote on stadium sales tax
The Ramsey County Charter Commission voted late Tuesday to reject a countywide vote on a proposed half-cent sales tax that would help build a new home for the team. The move went against the wishes of many county residents, but leaders say it would have held up the project and raised its price tag.
Ramsey County leaders propose food, beverage tax to fund stadium
Ramsey County commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega have proposed a county-wide three-percent food and beverage tax to help fund a Vikings' stadium in Arden Hills. The tax would raise $24-million/year.
Ramsey drops plan for countywide stadium tax, proposes user fees
Ramsey County leaders are reportedly sending a new proposal to Gov. Dayton and key lawmakers on Friday. Minnesota Public Radio says the plan would drop a countywide tax in favor of a host of new revenue streams including parking fees, admission surcharges and naming rights, among others.
Vikings could find out tonight if NFL will contribute to stadium costs
NFL owners are expected to meet tonight in Texas and decide whether or not to help finance Minnesota's search for a new stadium. Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf is willing to pay $407-million for the $1.1-billion proposed stadium in Arden Hills, and he's hoping the league will contribute $13-million, thus leaving $650-million in the hands of the state and Ramsey County.
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