The public financing plan for the soccer stadium lost by 3,000 votes, with 47 percent of voters supporting it and 53 percent opposed in final but unofficial results. About 60 percent of voters approved the MetroLink sales tax increase.
Proposition 1 will increase the city sales tax by half a cent on every dollar and put about
–Results for the April municipal elections
–County voters cast ballots on funding public safety initiatives
Both propositions were needed to pass in order to fund the stadium. The sales tax increase in Prop 1 will generate a corresponding increase in the city's business use tax, expected to be about
What will be done with that new revenue has yet to be decided, though most business use tax revenue goes toward affordable housing, public safety and building demolitions.
“We have a lot of needs in this city,” Krewson said.
The league's statement didn't rule out
The MetroLink expansion, which would not be completed until 2026 or later, would span from
City officials estimate Proposition 1 will raise
The 8-mile route is seen as the first phase in a potential 31.5-mile city-county MetroLink expansion to the north and south, although
The estimated cost of the comprehensive plan is
The success of Proposition 1 will push the city's sales tax to one of the highest in the nation at
The stadium proposal was defeated despite investors sinking
The failure of the stadium financing plan comes a little over a year after the Rams left
Voter turnout was twice as high for this city general election than four years ago, the last time the mayor's race was on the ballot. Voter turnout was 30 percent, or about 59,000 voters, while in 2013 turnout was 12.5 percent of voters.
Aside from the MetroLink expansion tax, city voters approved only one other proposition on Tuesday's ballot: Proposition C, which amends the city's charter to give city residents preference over non-city residents in securing civil service jobs, passed with more than two-thirds of the vote.
Measures that would have raised property taxes to rehabilitate vacant properties; shift municipal elections to align with state and national elections; and abolish the recorder of deeds office and direct the monetary savings toward police body cameras, all failed.
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