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Minneapolis Council support for tax to fund Vikings stadium lacking

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Oct 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Nearly half of Minneapolis City Council members oppose a citywide sales tax to fund a Minnesota Vikings stadium.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/tEsa4E ) says six of the 13 council members are against the tax, one is leaning against it, while others deferred comment. Mayor R.T. Rybak said earlier this week that he thought there was enough council support to pass a Minneapolis sales tax.

Only council President Barb Johnson is willing to publicly support the idea, but also says it could be easier to gather votes for a downtown casino to fund the stadium than a sales tax.

The city's charter requires a vote from taxpayers on any sports facility that costs Minneapolis more than $10 million.

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