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Mayoral candidates on whether city money should go towards soccer stadium

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A rendering of the proposed MLS stadium that would be built near Union Station. Credit: MLS A rendering of the proposed MLS stadium that would be built near Union Station. Credit: MLS
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

It has been estimated that about $80 million of a $400 million soccer stadium project would come from the City of St. Louis, although no firm plans have been announced. 

“My position has always been any facility seeking public money, that we really need to put it to a public vote,” says Alderman Antonio French who said funding public safety is his number one issue.

State Senator Jamillah Nasheed said she also favors a public referendum on public funding for a stadium.

Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, admitted she is a soccer fan, but said other needs are more important.

"Are we going to be able to find more money for police?” Krewson said.

Alderman Jeffrey Boyd says he would like to see a new stadium offer jobs and revenue opportunities for the city before throwing his support behind it.

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones said there are still too many questions surrounding the stadium plan and the need for public money.

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed says he is hoping to see details on the project by Friday.

Jimmie Matthews says he would like to see public money go towards helping to house the homeless.

And Bill Haas, said millions in public money need to be used to help education in the city before being used to fund a new stadium.

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