Twins Stadium a done deal? Not quite yet…

Hennepin County is holding 3 hearings this week regarding the proposed 0.15 percent sales tax increase that will be voted for on August 29th.

While most assume that the stadium is a done deal, this is the last step needed to proceed with the stadium.

The board will hear testimony from residents, and will likely hear a mix of supporters and those who do not support the initiative, such as members of the Citizens Campaigning Against Renegade Legislators Group.

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I have mixed feelings about this tax, although it’s similar to tactics used in other cities. For example, I was in Kansas City this weekend and they are charging a $4 a day “arena fee” tax on car rentals in part to fund the new Sprint Arena being built. This is in addition to the normal usage fees charged at airport car rental places, and was more than 30 percent of the base rate I paid. Way to sock it to the out of town guests!

Link to Star Tribune Article

3 Comments so far

  1. Joe (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    I’d gladly pay a 0.15% tax to pay for education or health care, but for a new privately owned stadium that I will never go to… If this goes through, I’ll be doing my shopping and probably be moving to Saint Paul.

    I can’t stand behind this project when a lot of MN residents that were just dropped from MNCare.


  2. Joe (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

    The other thing I’d like to point out is that MN is getting hotter and hotter every summer. Could have something to do with our climate changing…

    By the time this project would be finished, we would be looking at 95-110+ degree temps throughout the summer. Hot and humid weather really doesn’t make people want to spend time sitting at a ballgame.

    Of course, I could be wrong…


  3. Erica (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 12:17 am

    I’d gladly pay a 0.15% tax to pay for education or health care, but for a new privately owned stadium that I will never go to… — I’d add public transit to my list.

    Although… I’m going to confess to being a bit of a hypocrite. Maybe some of my animosity towards these stadiums is because I’m just not a Twins or Vikings fan. I’m thinking about how in Seattle the Sonics and Storm just got sold, and if they don’t work a new stadium deal, the teams could very well leave (actually, the Sonics would leave, the Storm might just fold). The city wants to keep their teams, but they’re spending a buttload already on a stadium for the Seahawks and still paying off a major but already outdated renovation to Key Arena (where the Sonics and Storm play).

    So what do you do? Besides insist that the team owners foot a much larger chunk of the bill, which I have no doubt they can afford. Do I not spend enough money just attending these games? And don’t get me started on player salaries. But I still maintain that sports teams are a large part of the culture of an area. I grew up in Detroit where you have the four biggies — football, baseball, basketball, hockey — plus two Big Ten universities. To not have any of that is just weird to me.

    So, yeah, I’m really ambivalent about the whole thing.



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