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Vikings stadium: Voters may still force tax referendum

Posted at 10:10 AM on October 12, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Sport

Ramsey County leaders voted against a plan to put a Vikings stadium sales tax on the ballot in 2012. But people who want a referendum are still trying to force the issue.

MPR News reporter Tim Nelson writes:

Supporters of a referendum on taxpayer funding for pro football and baseball stadiums in Ramsey County say they're ready to launch a petition drive after the county'd Charter Commission voted Tuesday night not to require a Vikings stadium tax be put to voters.

"We already have our petition drafted. We're going to have our attorneys look at it today," said Andy Cilek, of the Minnesota Voters Alliance. "We'll have a meeting tomorrow, and we'll be gathering our first signatures tomorrow.

Had the charter commission approved the referendum, it could have put a proposed half-percent sales tax for a Vikings stadium on the ballot as early as next year.

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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.