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Tug-of-war on over new Vikings stadium

MINNEAPOLIS, May 13 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Vikings say critics might be trying to scuttle plans to build a new stadium in Ramsey County amid efforts to return the project to Minneapolis.

The team has proposed building a stadium on the former site of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition plant in Arden Hills, but state lawmakers from Ramsey County say they oppose it, the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press reported Friday.

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Under the proposal laid out Tuesday by the team and Ramsey County Commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega, the $1.05 billion cost to build the 65,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof would be split roughly equally between the team, the state and Ramsey County.

Ramsey County would have to impose a sales tax increase to pay its share, an idea most county legislators say they oppose.

"I expect if we are going to tax citizens, we do so to support families, children and safe communities, not to build a stadium," said St. Paul Democratic Rep. Rena Moran.

Meanwhile, the Downtown Council and the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators extolling the virtues of the city's plan to build a new stadium on the site of the Metrodome, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported.

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The same business and civic coalition successfully backed a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune said.

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