More discussion Wednesday on public vote on stadium tax

The Ramsey County Charter Commission holds a public hearing Wednesday to talk more about letting county residents vote on whether to increase the county sales tax to help pay for a new Vikings stadium and complex in Arden Hills.

The public hearing is at 6:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center. The commission won’t actually vote until Oct. 11 on whether to put the tax increase on the ballot in November, 2012.

The meeting agenda:

To receive public input on a potential amendment to the Ramsey County Home Rule Charter related to the following question: Shall Ramsey County be prohibited from using any revenues, including those raised by taxes or bonding, to fund or assist in funding a Major League Baseball or National Football League sports team or stadium?

Stadium supporters oppose a public vote on the sales tax increase, saying it would likely doom the deal.

Charter Commissioner Rod Halvorson told MPR that the 17-member commission appears divided on the issue:

“The question is whether or not there’s nine votes,” Halvorson said. “I think for sure there’s seven votes, and I think there’s at least three prospects, just judging by the conversation we’ve had in the past.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by greg copeland on 09/27/2011 - 08:35 pm.

    The Good News for Minnesota Taxpayers is bad news for Zygi Wilf…the GOP controls the Minnesota Legislature.

    There will be NO Viking’s Stadium Tax Referendum Exemption OR any new general tax to pay Zygi Wilf to build his private business, a new stadium to host his millionaire players for eight games a season.

    Gov.Dayton, Ted Mondale and the Ramsey County Commissioner’s are not going get the Free Pass that the dfl’s, then-Speaker Kelliher and then-Majority Leader Pogemiller, gave to the Hennepin County Commissioner’s to avoid a public referendum on the Twins Sales Tax.

    The Minnesota GOP is not giving any billionaire’s Stadium Tax, a green light, to take $675 million in sales taxes from Ramsey County taxpayer’s pockets for the next 30 years.

    If there is one thing Minnesota’s progressive’s and hard core GOP fiscal conservatives agree on, it is: NO NEW STADIUM TAXES!

    Zygi, I hope you enjoy the Dome’s new roof and turf for many years to come.

  2. Submitted by DJ Danielson on 09/28/2011 - 08:54 am.

    Kind of hard to lay blame for Target Field exclusively on the DFL. Leadership in 2006 consisted of GOP House Speaker Steve Sviggum, DFL Majority Leader Dean Johnson, and of course Gov. Pawlenty.

  3. Submitted by Rick Prescott on 09/28/2011 - 01:58 pm.

    Greg Copeland apparently sees the need to distinguish the mighty and true “GOP” from the lowly and misguided “dfl” by using capitalization.

    Oh that we could have a political discussion without such juvenile thinking and behavior.

  4. Submitted by greg copeland on 09/28/2011 - 03:15 pm.

    DJ, your are right and I apologize for my error.

    GOP House Speaker Sviggum and DFL Senate Majority Leader Johnson indeed both voted FOR the May 21, 2006 Conference Report,which required no referendum to levy the Twin Stadium sales tax.

    Kelliher voted FOR the report and Pogemiller voted Against it.

    The Good News for Taxpayers in the coming Legislative Session is now-GOP House Speaker Zellers and now-GOP Senate Majority Leader Koch both voted Against the conference report, which was the Pro-Referendum vote.

    Now-DFL Senate Leader Bakk also voted Against the report; unlike now-House DFL Leader Thissen, who supported the No-Referendum position by casting a vote FOR the report.

    NO NEW STADIUM TAXES, is looking like the winning position for 2012!

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