Ramsey County’s new plan for financing an NFL stadium in Arden Hills apparently doesn’t pass the Vikings test.
The Star Tribune reports that the county’s latest proposal calling for a wide range of users fees — presented to the governor today — won’t work for the team. The team preferred earlier county plans to pay the county portion of a new stadium: an increased county sales tax or a new food and beverage tax in the county, which haven’t gone over well with legislators.
Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley told the paper: “Our view is the earlier proposals were more viable.”
The paper said this new plan violates an agreement between the team and the county that gave the team parking revenue and called for no ticket tax.
Still, the Vikings prefer the old ammunition site in the northeast suburbs over the constantly changing proposals to put a new publicly funded stadium in downtown Minneapolis. So Bagley said the team will continue to work with Ramsey County officials on the issue.
Minneapolis City Council members, who have been unable to agree on a plan for their city, were blasted this morning by Gov. Mark Dayton, who said he understand why the team prefers Ramsey County over Minneapolis.