MLS Stadium Funding a Little Fuzzier: Aldermen Fail to Expand Port Authority

By on April 15, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Legislation to expand the city port authority’s territory — and to help fund a Major League Soccer stadium —  faces further delays at the Board of Aldermen.

 The bill was not brought up for a vote Monday at the final meeting of the board’s 2018-2019 session.

Steve Conway, chief of staff to Mayor Lyda Krewson, said supporters could not muster the two-thirds majority of aldermen present required to allow the measure to be brought up for final passage.

Conway spoke in an interview earlier Monday during the board meeting.

The St. Louis Port Authority wants to expand its boundaries from just the 19 miles of Mississippi River front to the entire city limits. Other Missouri port authorities, which have broad authority to buy and sell real estate and issue bonds, have borders that stretch well beyond their river frontage.

He said city officials and the ownership group seeking a Major League Soccer franchise for St. Louis have yet to decide whether to continue including a 1 percent on-site sales tax to be levied by the port agency as part of its stadium funding package.

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