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.
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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.
Vikings won't pay as much for Minneapolis stadium
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says he won't pay as much money for a stadium built in Minneapolis. He has his eyes set on a stadium in Arden Hills. Wilf will contribute more than $400 million to a stadium in Arden Hills, but says a stadium at any other site won't warrant 'that level of commitment.'
Third Vikings stadium proposal surfaces
The backers are a bit of a mystery, but a new proposal puts a new Vikings stadium north of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports city leaders have seen the blueprints -- but officials aren't exactly sure who's behind the project. The Vikings are dismissing the plan, preferring to focus on their Arden Hills site.
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.
Vikings' stadium deal isn't reached
Governor Mark Dayton met with GOP lawmakers Friday trying to finalize a Vikings' stadium plan. They couldn't agree on one of the three Minneapolis sites or the site in Arden Hills. Dayton plans on scheduling more talks next week in hopes of wrapping up a deal by Thanksgiving.
Report: Vikings' stadium plan is 'unrealistic' and 'aggressive'
The Metropolitan Council will release a report Wednesday covering the Minnesota Vikings' stadium plan. The report is already known to say the Arden Hills plan is "aggressive" and "unrealistic." It also suggests that a Ramsey County sales tax will compromise the county's ability to fund other projects.
Ramsey County backed into corner in fight for Vikings stadium
Arden Hills in Ramsey County is the Vikings' preferred site for a new stadium, but finding ways to fund their portion of the $1.1 billion plan is no longer on their shoulders. Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett says "We've jumped every friggin' hoop there is in town."
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