To Elected Minneapolis Officials: Respect The City Charter on Vikings Stadium Spending Decisions
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To Elected Minneapolis Officials: Respect The City Charter on Vikings Stadium Spending Decisions

    1. Petition by

      Sean Broom

The Minneapolis City Council is considering allowing the public’s money to subsidize an NFL stadium for the Vikings without permission from voters. This violates the City Charter, and trust of Minneapolis voters.

Chapter 15, Section 13 of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Code of Ordinances clearly
states:

"The City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community Development Agency,
or any city department, agency, commission, or board, shall use no city
resources over $10 million dollars for the financing of professional sports
facilities without the approval of a simple majority of the votes cast on the
question, in a ballot question put to the public at the next regularly scheduled
election."

We urge Minneapolis City Council members, the Mayor and State Legislators to
respect the wishes of Minneapolis voters by upholding the City Charter.

Five reasons why violating the Charter on behalf of the current Vikings stadium plan is a bad idea:

1. Minneapolis residents would pay for a stadium twice through a combination of
City and State taxes.

2. The City has greater needs over the next 30 years, including funding our
schools, road construction, and crime prevention.

3. We want to create more jobs in Minneapolis, but those jobs should build
infrastructure we need rather than want.

4. The majority of Vikings season ticket holders, players, and the team’s owners
live outside of Minneapolis.

5. The Vikings are a Minnesota Vikings; not the Minneapolis Vikings. Any public
subsidies for the team should be provided at the state level.

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    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Melanie Brown MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      Minnesota has far more pressing concerns than building a new Vikings stadium or even keeping this team in our state. If the state does expect taxpayers to subsidize this stadium, then we taxpayers expect the city to uphold its obligations to the City Charter. The burden of paying for this stadium should be spread equally across the state, not fall double on the pockets of Minneapolis residents.

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    • Fred Levy Haskell MINNEAPOLS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      I think "no" should mean "no" regardless of whether you're a woman or a city. If the Vikings want a new stadium, let =them= pay for it. Not us—contrary to the myths, it would not benefit the Twin Cities one whit.

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    • Fred Levy Haskell MINNEAPOLS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      Tell you what—give the Vikings the Metrodome & land on the =enforcable= condition that they pay for & build their own darned stadium on that site without an additional nickel of public money. They need a new stadium that badly? Let =them= pay for it.

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    • William Short MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      Democracy...The NFL is a monopoly, a cartel like OPEC.

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    • Leslie MacKenzie MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      We paid for a stadium once. We, the taxpayers, should not have to pay for one again. The additional taxes will make Minneapolis uncompetitive for many businesses and there are very few benefits to taxpayers from this plan. It is extremely poor policy to be handing public tax dollars over to millionaires.

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