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