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Published October 11, 2011, 10:28 PM

Vikings' Stadium Sales Tax Won't Be On Ballot

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposed local sales tax to pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium won't be going to voters.

By: Patrick Condon, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposed local sales tax to pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium won't be going to voters.

The Vikings had complained that putting the half-cent tax hike before voters would delay the project by two years and add at least $110 million to the $1 billion proposal.

A Ramsey County panel on Tuesday rejected a countywide vote next year on a proposed sales tax hike to help build a new Vikings stadium. The vote by the county's Charter Commission clears an obstacle for supporters of the Vikings' plan for a $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills.

The Vikings have pointed out that the Twins got money from a Hennepin County sales tax for Target Field without a referendum. But many Ramsey County residents complained it was unfair they pay higher taxes for what's supposed to be a statewide asset.

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