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Minneapolis City Council still expected to vote 7-6 on stadium deal

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Before the Minnesota Legislature acted on the bill that is poised to become a new Vikings stadium, Minneapolis City Council voted 7-6 to support the project.

Now that Minneapolis City Council is the final legislative obstacle to moving dirt, another 7-6 vote is expected — with, once again, seven City Council members supporting the project.

Council member Meg Tuthill tells Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the outcome should be no different, even though the bill was amended in various ways before emerging with Governor Mark Dayton’s signature.  “I think that the seven votes are strong,” Tuthill said.  “I haven’t seen any wavering. I haven’t seen anyone questioning anything that has come down the pike in conversation or comments in the last week, so I think we’re in good shape.”

The issue remains controversial, but one added benefit of the bill relates to the adjustment in the debt associated with the Target Center, where the state’s NBA team plays.  “The sentiment is running about 50-50 and it’s very, very interesting,” Tuthill said. “I think one of the biggest selling points in my ward and [for] the Minneapolis people that I’ve talked to is that we’re getting the Target Center debt off the back of Minneapolis property tax payers.  That’s huge to people.  That’s a lot of money.  That has really been a thorn in our side for a long time.”

Tuthill also emphasizes that the new venue, like the Metrodome before it, will be used for multiple activities beyond football, including conventions and other large events.  As long as six of her colleagues continue to agree, the new stadium finally will be built.

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12 Responses to “Minneapolis City Council still expected to vote 7-6 on stadium deal”
  1. citizenstrange says: May 21, 2012 4:16 PM

    Hopefully they can add a rider to the bill that would buy a couple of more private jets for Wilf.

    It seems so unfair that he has only one when the taxpayers really have nothing better to do with their money than give him $500 million.

    Why not a billion or 10?

    After all it’s only (taxpayer) money.

  2. pickleman77 says: May 21, 2012 4:24 PM

    In the words of the 80′s band Europe- “It’s the final countdown” Yeah baby!

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 21, 2012 5:05 PM

    I heard the reason six city council members are still against the deal is because they want to spend the money on more bike lanes.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 21, 2012 5:10 PM

    Minneapolis citizens should like the deal because the additional amount they pay in sales tax will be more than offset by property tax reductions. People who buy things in Minneapolis but don’t live there won’t even notice the additional 0.5% they’re paying in sales tax. In return, Minneapolis gets a state of the art stadium to host hundreds of events that bring in a ton of money. Who is this hurting?

  5. getadealdonealready says: May 21, 2012 5:14 PM

    @citizenstrange – if you left town no one would care, unlike if the Vikings were to leave.

  6. jackericsson says: May 21, 2012 5:48 PM

    These sheep are being slaughtered by the Wilf. I just hope Ziggy implements PSL’s that will finally make those Halloween looking fans understand paying something for nothing. This is a Ponzi scheme on taxpayers.

  7. NoHomeTeam says: May 21, 2012 6:26 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Minneapolis citizens should like the deal because the additional amount they pay in sales tax will be more than offset by property tax reductions.

    Care to explain that statement?
    Is there some clause in the bill that suggests lower property tax for property owners within the city limits?

  8. jagsfanugh says: May 21, 2012 6:26 PM

    I guess everything is great in this state to approve $500 million for this. You are fooling yourself if you think that money will ever be recouped. Welcome to another money pit.

  9. duluthvikesfan says: May 21, 2012 6:38 PM

    People need to remember something, there is NO new tax with this deal in the city of Minneapolis. The tax is already in place. It is currently only being used to pay for the convention center and it is due to expire in 2020. This will just keep the same tax going and allow it to now be used for the new Viking stadium along with paying off and upgrading the Target Center. Only the state legislature has the say in what the tax is used for. This is the big reason why the state needed to pass this bill before the city had their crack at it. Those against the stadium keep saying the money should be used for any number of other things. But they seem to forget the city has no say in what the tax money can be used for. They only can say if they want to go along with the what the state is offering to let them use the money for. If the city wasn’t on board with this deal, the tax would end in 2020 and the Minneapolis tax payers would still be stuck flipping the bill for the Target Center and they would not get the likely property tax relief they will now get (or at the very least, no property tax increase).

  10. pftstory says: May 21, 2012 6:54 PM

    I don’t know why people vent that the team owner is getting a stadium bult for him and his team only.
    It’s not just a football stadium.
    This happens every time. The stadium is built and tax money is used. But events other then the games of the particular team are played there.
    So unless Wilf is getting the profits of the Brittany Spears, Springsteen and Wiggles concerts as well as the monster truck shows and Roller ball and Star Trek conventions, the complaint is baseless.

  11. mediasloppy says: May 21, 2012 9:33 PM

    jagsfanugh says:
    May 21, 2012 6:26 PM
    I guess everything is great in this state to approve $500 million for this. You are fooling yourself if you think that money will ever be recouped. Welcome to another money pit.
    ———————-
    Seriously? A Jags fan talking smack about a Stadium. That’s some irony right there. Maybe your the next team on the shortlist to LA. As for a money pit. The dome has been paid for and the State has been collecting money for years.

    Sorry to all real Jag Fans…

  12. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 22, 2012 10:44 AM

    NoHomeTeam says:May 21, 2012 6:26 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Minneapolis citizens should like the deal because the additional amount they pay in sales tax will be more than offset by property tax reductions.

    Care to explain that statement?
    Is there some clause in the bill that suggests lower property tax for property owners within the city limits?
    ___________

    I’m assuming from this statement that there will be property tax relief:

    “We’re getting the Target Center debt off the back of Minneapolis property tax payers. That’s huge to people. That’s a lot of money. That has really been a thorn in our side for a long time.”

    You may say they’ll never lower any taxes. I agree, but that means they would never lower the sales tax that was set to expire in 2020 either. So any way you look at it, it’s a free stadium.

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