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.
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Most Ramsey County residents told the charter commission they want to be able to vote on a plan that would raise their sales taxes to fund a new Vikings stadium. Such a vote could be a big obstacle for stadium supporters.
Most oppose tax at stadium hearing in Ramsey County
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 County Charter may revisit ban on taxes for sports stadiums
Some charter commissioners want to revisit a proposed amendment that would prohibit the county from using any revenue to build professional sports facilities. Commissioner Rod Halvorson says he'd like to get the amendment on the ballot next year.
Decision tonight could put stadium tax on ballot for Ramsey County voters to decide
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.
Tax panel chair doubts lawmakers would agree to stadium tax
Republican Greg Davids of Preston thinks the House Taxes Committee would reject any state tax increase to fund a new Vikings stadium. Davids says -- while the Vikings are important to the state -- voters don't want any tax raised.
Vikings blast referendum vote on stadium sales tax
The team says it would also add at least $100 million in additional costs to the $1 billion proposal. Team officials say taxpayers can't afford such a major delay.
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