Opponents of new Vikings stadium plot strategy

A group opposed to the use of public funds for the construction of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings believes it has found a way to force local officials to put the decision to voters.

Under the current plan that calls for a retractable-roof stadium to be built in Arden Hills, Ramsey County will kick in $350 million for the project, most of it coming from a half-cent sales tax hike. What makes it controversial is the way it has been constructed, the sales tax could be put in place without it going to a public vote. It’s similar to the way funding for the Minnesota Twins’ new home at Target Field was raised.

But www.NoVikingsTax.com tells the Star Tribune that Ramsey County – and Minneapolis for that matter – are each governed by charters. And because of those charters, those opposed to the stadium can collect signatures of registered voters that could overturn a state measure and ban the local tax money being used for the construction of the stadium.

The opponents believe they would need about 10 percent of registered voters to help them in their cause.

“We could usurp their usurpation,” Chris David told the Star Tribune.

A member of the Ramsey County Charter Commission said opponents would have to get 25,000 certified signatures within 45 days that a stadium ordinance is passed. The number would be substantially lower in Minneapolis.

Consider it another potential obstacle for the Vikings in their bid for a new home.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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