ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins' push for a new stadium appears headed back to the Legislature after St. Paul leaders pulled the plug on a tax referendum that might have brought the team here.
The council voted unanimously Wednesday to withdraw a resolution proposing a Sept. 10 referendum on a bar and restaurant tax to help fund the ballpark. Talks between the team and the city broke down last week because the Twins wouldn't guarantee to move from Minneapolis if the referendum passed.
City Council President Dan Bostrom said it was "disappointing."
"The Twins simply would not agree to the terms that we felt were absolutely critical for us to put it on the ballot," he said Thursday.
The Twins want a new ballpark, saying the Metrodome doesn't provide enough revenue. After major league owners threatened to eliminate the team, legislators this spring approved a financing plan to help build a $330 million stadium.
St. Paul leaders wanted a commitment from owner Carl Pohlad that the team would move to the city and stay for the next 30 years.
Pohlad was unwilling to put up his own money or tie the hands of a new owner by signing a deal. Mayor Randy Kelly and Bostrom said it would be irresponsible to hold a referendum without a binding agreement.
A city can't raise its bar and restaurant taxes to fund a stadium without the referendum, which by law must occur before Sept. 30. Under local ordinances, St. Paul leaders needed to decide by this week whether to put it on the ballot in September.
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