Public won't vote on sales tax hike to support Vikings' stadium

The good news for the Minnesota Vikings is that a proposed sales tax hike in Ramsey County to help fund a new stadium for the club in Arden Hills will not be put to a public vote.

But the Metropolitan Council in a report that will be released today identified other possible obstacles to the stadium getting done, outlining a timeline and price tag for clean-up of the land to be used that exceeds what anyone expected. The stadium is to be built on the site of a former munitions plant and there are understandable health, safety and ecological concerns.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the report identified $39 million in unfunded costs for the $1.1 billion project. There’s already been a major issue about who would pay for more than $100 million of needed roadwork.

The Vikings’ lease at the Metrodome expires after this season and the economic realities in the state currently have made getting public support difficult. This development would seemingly make it easier for the team to get a $350 million commitment from Ramsey County. They’re going to need a lot more to get into the red zone with this project and then push this project across the goalline.

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