Mpls mayor pitches plan to keep Vikings in town

Published 12:57 pm Monday, October 24, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — City officials in Minneapolis say a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings could be built more cheaply there than in the eastern suburbs.

Mayor R.T. Rybak emerged from a private meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday to say he thinks the most realistic way to pay for a new stadium is with a citywide sales tax increase.

Rybak says the increase would also pay for renovations to Target Center, where the NBA Timberwolves play, and for property tax relief.

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Rybak says he’ll spend the coming week putting together a more specific plan for the governor.

Dayton says he’s neutral on the site of a new stadium. The Vikings’ preferred plan would put a $1.1 billion stadium in Arden Hills.