Sales tax for a Vikings stadium might be small, but the cost adds up

  • Article by: ERIC WIEFFERING , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 14, 2011 - 1:41 PM

No matter where the new Vikings stadium is built, a big chunk of the $1 billion cost will be paid for with nickels and dimes.

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jj1May. 14, 11 1:59 PM

I used to travel numerous times a year to Minneapolis. I no longer shop or stay in Minneapolis because I do not believe in using taxes to make a billionaire richer. If Ramsey County increases their taxes for a stadium, I will no longer shop or stay in Ramsey County. Let the owner pay for his own stadium just like the owner of the Dallas Cowboys did. Also the Vikings and the Twins should have to pay property tax on the stadiums. Tax all sales at the stadiums just like you tax other stores. Stop letting money talk!

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omahavikingMay. 14, 11 4:34 PM

Dallas Cowboy stadium 1.15 billion dollars one half percent city sales tax increase hotel tax 2 percent car rental tax 5 percent Arlington supplied 325 million NFL supplied 150 million Jerry Jones paid all over run Tell me again how Jerry paid for his own stadium.

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unicorn4711May. 14, 11 4:37 PM

How about a statewide tobacco tax? That's about the only thing that I like seeing taxes go up on.

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jedammeMay. 14, 11 6:05 PM

Don't support the stadium? Don't spend money in Ramsey County... Pretty easy to me!

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mockingyouMay. 14, 11 6:21 PM

thanks for sticking up for the little guy!

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rfasthorseMay. 14, 11 7:01 PM

OmahaViking, Texas has no income tax and a sales tax of only 6.25%. If that were the case in Minnesota I think we could afford a stadium for the Vikings. The Twins pointed out that Denver raised it's sales tax to pay for their new ballpark. Yes, they raised it all the way to 4%. We in Minneapolis are nearing 8% and downtown has sales taxes as high as 13% (it was better explained in the article). Building this stadium will make Minneapolis a cold Detroit. The new sales tax will kill business.

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omahavikingMay. 14, 11 7:08 PM

Yep if you dont like the Vikings don't support Ramsey county. If you want to drive another 10 miles for groceries and gas at 3.89 a gallon keep true to your values and say no to the stadium. Then figure out how much more you wasted in gas going to other places and I'm sure you saved a bundle . UNREAL

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sarahanneMay. 14, 11 7:10 PM

He does raise a valid point. Almost all of the arguments for a stadium include the Vikings are a great asset to the state. If this is so increase any tax across the state. The idea that a county has to contribute more then the state or Vikings does not make any sense. They are the least able to afford it.

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nitewindMay. 14, 11 7:15 PM

"Taxpayer funding of a new stadium may be inevitable"-----In your dreams. Who do you write for again? Oh yeah, the Star Tribune who stands to profit handsomely from a new stadium.

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goldygoph3rMay. 14, 11 9:39 PM

It should be a state-wide tax to be fair

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