A law professor and three students from St. Louis University are calling for more information about financing for the proposed riverfront football stadium in St. Louis. In a letter to St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert, the group called for a public vote on the issue and threatened a lawsuit if a vote isn’t held.
Gov. Jay Nixon and his administration have proposed extending current bonds to cover as much as $350 million of the cost of the new stadium, which was proposed in hopes of keeping the Rams in town and is expected to cost about $1 billion. Nixon’s office has said it could extend the bonds without legislative or voter approval, but that assertion has been met by widespread opposition.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s office has maintained for years that if a tax or fee increase becomes part of a stadium financing plan, it will be put to a public vote. Such a vote, if necessary, would likely take place before October, according to Jeff Rainford, a consultant to Slay.