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.
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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.
With stadium proposals in, next move will be Dayton's
Stadium proposals landed on Mark Dayton's desk Thursday and the governor says he may pick a favorite next week. Minneapolis promised to kick in $6.5 million per year if the Vikings choose to stay in the city. Ramsey County, meanwhile, hiked its contribution to an Arden Hills site by another $75 million and boosted the total price tag over $1.1 billion by including road improvements.
Ramsey County still kicking in fight to land Vikings stadium
As proposals for a new Vikings stadium land on the governor's desk, Minneapolis seems to have momentum and Shakopee is a late entry. But Ramsey County still believes it has the right combination to win the stadium site derby.
Vikings reject new Ramsey County proposal
A third proposal from Ramsey County for a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills fell flat Friday. The newest proposal funded a stadium through user fees instead of county sales taxes. The Star Tribune reports that Vikings VP Lester Bagley quickly ruled it out.
Ramsey County petitions to block public funding for stadium
Ramsey County leaders hope to collect 15,000 signatures to force a referendum vote in November on whether to publicly fund a proposed Arden Hills stadium. The ad hoc group says the effort is in response to elected officials ignoring their constituents and kowtowing to Vikings ownership.
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."
North suburbs' chamber of commerce calls stadium process 'unfair'
Members of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter to some key state leaders accusing them of holding the Arden Hills site to a higher standard than Minneapolis. They're also questioning why Ramsey County was not invited to tap revenue from electronic pull-tabs and entertainment taxes.
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