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St. Paul City Council to oppose sales tax for Arden Hill Vikings site

Because the added half-percent sales tax would put too much of a burden on its residents, the St.

Because the added half-percent sales tax would put too much of a burden on its residents, the St. Paul City Council is expected to approve a resolution Wednesday opposing the current plan to put a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills.

A majority of the Ramsey County Board has been working with the Vikings on the Arden Hills proposal, and the current plan is to fund the county’s portion of the bill with the extra half-cent sales tax. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman earlier came out in favor of a state-wide liquor tax as the way to pay for a stadium.

The Star Tribune says six of the seven city council members are sponsors of the resolution opposing use of the added sales tax. Nearly half of the expected $350 million raised by the tax would come from St. Paul, they say.

Says the story:

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The City Council’s resolution would encourage the team and “other interested parties to consider options for constructing a stadium that minimize the risk to the taxpayers, limit the level of public subsidy (particularly for the host community), and promote a fair, multi-jurisdictional participation for a statewide amenity.”

That means the council believes the cost of a public subsidy should be borne statewide, not simply by the county.

The resolution is advisory and surely won’t have much impact on the Republican-controlled Legislature, which has shown no love for St. Paul (or Minneapolis or Duluth) this session.