A new Minnesota Vikings stadium is going to cost about $1 billion, of which a decent chunk is most likely going to have to come from Minnesota's taxpayers. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak went out to meet the public on Tuesday night with his plan, which would take about $150 million of the billion dollars required from taxpayers via a redirection of the tax money.
The voters seemed split on the issue overall but as the Star Tribune reports, there were plenty of people who were vocally unhappy about the whole ordeal, and not just about the money itself.
Opponents in the crowd shot back that the plan requires a citywide vote -- a referendum that the mayor opposes. One man rose to read Rybak the text of the city's charter amendment requiring a vote when Minneapolis spends more than $10 million on a stadium.
"How can you get around saying the people do not have a right to vote on it?" the man asked, adding that the mayor has "danced around" the issue.
With voters seemingly split on the idea, it's not clear if Rybek's plan will have enough steam to gain any momentum as the Vikings continue to wait for the money needed to get a new home in place.
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