Deadline for MLS stadium proposal on April ballot today

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-It appears that the plan for the city to help fund a new major league soccer stadium downtown won`t make today`s deadline to get on the April 4th ballot. The MLS funding proposal could still get on the ballot but it would need a judge`s approval.

However first, the funding measure has to get out of the ways and means committee which hasn`t happened yet. Then it has to pass full board of aldermen.

Dave Peacock, a key member of the ownership group for the potential MLS expansion team in St. Louis, says the plan is still very much alive.

The proposal to bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis hinges on St. Louis city voters approving $60 million in city funding to help build a stadium.

Under the current proposal, the money would come from new revenue generated from a business use tax increase.
The plan was debated before the Aldermanic Ways and Means Committee last Thursday but no vote was taken.
Peacock says the city piece is critical to make the project go forward.

Alderman Joe Vaccaro, the Vice-Chairman of the Aldermanic Ways and Means Committee, believes the soccer issue will likely come back up before the Ways and Means Committee this Thursday at the committee`s regular meeting.

He isn`t sure though if the plan has enough support to make it out of the committee and get to the full Board of Aldermen.

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