BBAO: No referendum on Vikings stadium

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The Minnesota Vikings appear to have avoided one obstacle to their suburban stadium proposal. The Ramsey County Charter Commission voted Tuesday night against using a voter referendum to decide whether to use $350 million in county taxes to help pay for the stadium in Arden Hills, Minn.

The commission must still vote to approve the tax, and citizens could petition for a referendum later. But the Vikings said that a referendum approved Tuesday night would have caused a delay that added $100 million to the total cost of a $1.057 billion project.

The Vikings didn't have much time to celebrate, however. A report commissioned by Gov. Mark Dayton suggests that Ramsey County could be left ill-equipped to deal with other county business if it devotes so much taxpayer money to the stadium. It also said the timetable to open in 2015 might be too "aggressive."

Dayton is prepared to call a special session of the legislature this fall if all stadium matters are agreed upon, but that does not appear imminent.

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