A sharply divided board voted 4-3 in favor of a resolutionasking the Legislature's approval of an extra county sales tax thatwould help fund the new 42,000-seat ballpark. The next step will befor the county to present the proposal to the MinnesotaLegislature. If it passes there, the Hennepin County Board wouldhave to vote again to approve the tax hike.

The hearing took some four hours, then the board debated it foran additional four hours in what was one of the longest boardmeetings in a decade. An estimated 50 people testified and about200 people filled the commission chambers for debate and testimonythat ran about eight hours.

Opponents objected to the plan, especially to the lack of apublic referendum Hennepin County requires to approve theadditional sales tax. Supporters argued that the county wouldbenefit from a new stadium and the development that would spring uparound it.

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