Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Soccer stadium gets a no-vote in St. Louis

Soccer stadium gets a no-vote in St. Louis

Voters in St. Louis shot down a ballot measure that would've provided public money to help finance a Major League Soccer stadium on Tuesday.

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Prop 1 imposes a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a MetroLink expansion, and a use tax increase to be paid by businesses that make out-of-state purchases.

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St. Louis has two professional franchises, baseball's Cardinals and the NHL's Blues.

MLS supporters put a lot of pressure on voters, with league commissioner Don Garber expressing support for the league in St. Louis at a pep rally at Ballpark Village last week. Even Ward 16, which had the highest turnout and most strongly supported the measure, had far more "no" voters than in any North City ward.

Supporters believe the consolidation would save about $1 million annually, almost enough for the $1.2 million Police Chief Sam Dotson has estimated a camera system would cost.

St. Louis city has voted against a plan to publicly fund a soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis. Her narrow victory over city Treasurer Tishaura Jones in the March primary made her the odds-on favorite to win the race in the heavily Democratic city. She and her two young children were in the vehicle in front of their home in 1995 when her husband, Jeff, was slain during a random carjacking attempt. Two of the new clubs will be announced later this year. He who chose not to seek a fifth term. Prop 2 would have directed that use tax increase toward a new soccer stadium.

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