San Diego soccer group wants development plan on ballot

MLS seemed to consider the St. Louis market a strong candidate for expansion, but now must consider other options.

Funding for the proposed stadium in St. Louis has been blocked by city voters.

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Before the Rams left for L.A., where the team eventually will play in a privately-financed stadium, the powers-that-be in St. Louis put together a package that wouldn't have required an election.

Both must pass for the soccer stadium funding to move forward because the sales tax increase from Prop 1 would trigger the use tax increase in Prop 2. It appears St. Louis will, for now, remain a two-sport city.

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The public voted to name the new San Diego soccer team, and the leading vote-getter should sound oddly familiar.

"We think this vote will reflect in no uncertain terms the taxpayers' overwhelming support for our plan, which will turn this city's liability into a massive city asset with no taxpayer dollars", FS Investors principal Mike Stone said in a news conference at the Qualcomm Stadium site on Tuesday. The Chargers ultimately relocated to Los Angeles, joining St. Louis' former National Football League team, the Rams, in California's largest city. And although he supports the idea of bringing the MLS to St. Louis, the governor said the money for a soccer stadium should come from the private sector.

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The city has said it could close Qualcomm Stadium by 2018. Unlike most cities, St. Louis is independent of any county, meaning that the costs would be incumbent only on St. Louis proper, leaving the suburbs completely free of responsibility should tax funds not meet projections.

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