Local organization says majority of taxpayers oppose new stadium - KMOV.com

Local organization says majority of taxpayers oppose new stadium

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The 15th Ward Democrats, a local ward organization, said they conducted a recent poll of St. Louis City voters discussing the sentiment toward the proposed riverfront stadium for the St. Louis Rams and the majority of voters oppose a taxpayer funded stadium.

According to the organization, they contacted 710 respondents and once verifying they were registered voters asked, “Should city taxpayer dollars be used to pay for a new NFL stadium?” The results showed 563 people answered they were opposed to the public funding and 147 in favor – breaking down to 79 percent against and 21 percent for.

“While we suspected that opposition to the stadium was broad, we were surprised by the staggering amount of voter opposition to the stadium deal,” said 15th Ward Democrats President Richard Buthod. “There isn’t a single city ward where support outpaced opposition.”

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The 15th Ward Democrats will hold a press conference Tuesday at 10 a.m. in front of St. Louis City Hall to ask city leaders to support Board Bill 207 that would call for voters to decide whether public funds should be used.

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“This polling shows that St. Louis’ taxpayers have a simple message for our elected officials,” Buthod added, “Turn the funding proposal down or send it to the ballot. The people deserve a vote, plain and simple.”

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