Vikings blast referendum for stadium sales tax

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings say that a countywide referendum on a proposed half-cent sales tax hike to help build a stadium would delay the project by two years and add at least $110 million in additional costs to the $1 billion proposal.

The team released a letter Tuesday afternoon criticizing the proposed referendum, in advance of an evening hearing of a Ramsey County panel set to decide whether county residents get to vote on the proposed tax increase.

The letter to the Charter Commission chairman, signed by Vikings vice president Lester Bagley, says team leaders "cannot tell you whether a referendum can pass." But it says "neither the taxpayers nor the team can afford such a major delay caused by adding this referendum provision."