Mpls. council votes 7-6 for Vikings stadium plan 25 Apr 12

Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) – The Minneapolis City Council has voted 7-6 to support Mayor R.T. Rybak’s Vikings stadium plan.

Tuesday night’s test vote followed two hours of public testimony. It’s a largely symbolic vote that adds Rybak’s stadium plan to the city’s lobbying agenda and reaffirms to state lawmakers that Minneapolis has enough support to pass the final legislation.

Rybak has proposed using existing sales taxes to pay for the city’s share of anew Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site.

The city’s contribution would be $150 million for construction and $198 million for operations. But the Star Tribune reports the city’s chief finance officer said at a public hearing Tuesday that the city’s contribution will actually amount to $675 million when accounting for inflation.