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SBD/March 9, 2011/Facilities
Published March 9, 2011
TAXING SOLUTION: In St. Paul, Charley Walters cites sources as saying that a "tiny seven-county tax is among serious considerations to finance a new Vikings stadium," a new ballpark for the Independent league St. Paul Saints, "renovate the Timberwolves' Target Center and forgive debt on the Wild's Xcel Energy Center." Also included "would be a $15 million annual fund for upkeep on the local sports venues." The "umbrella proposal that is expected to become public soon would require public approval, and there is reason to believe it will be approved" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 3/9).
FINAL COUNTDOWN: In Las Vegas, Ed Vogel reports Nevada state legislators "appear likely to ignore an initiative petition that would levy a sales tax in Clark County and allow construction of a $500 million sports arena near the Strip." If the legislators "fail to act by next week's deadline, the proposal will be placed before voters in 2012" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 3/9).