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.”