Judge rules public vote not needed for St. Louis stadium funds

A judge ruled Monday that St. Louis does not need voters to approve public financing for a proposed riverfront football stadium, eliminating a big obstacle for a plan aimed at keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

Circuit Court Judge Thomas Fraley declared invalid a 2002 city ordinance that would have required a public vote, saying it was too vague to be enforceable. He also ruled that the proposed location of the stadium — just north of downtown — does not violate state law requiring it to be “adjacent” to the city’s convention center.

Backers of the plan for the open-air stadium, which is expected to cost nearly $1 billion, hailed it as a victory for their cause. Dave Peacock, one of the co-leaders of a task force heading up the stadium effort, called on St. Louisans to rally behind the cause.

Opponents decried the decision as a move that will deprive taxpayers of a say in how their money is spent.

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