St. Louis 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, the sponsor of the proposed soccer stadium bill, has credited 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie as a main reason it was approval by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen Ways and Means Committee.
Ogilvie joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Friday to discuss his role in getting it passed and if he thinks the stadium project will get on the April ballot for a public vote.
Read some excerpts and listen to the full interview below:
What’s your take away from what happened yesterday?
“It was probably a little less dramatic in the room…but from my perspective, we got some compromise from the ownership group. We got some new sources of revenue from the project. At that point in my mind, it reached a point it was acceptable and put it on the ballot, and voters can decide if this is something they want to prioritize or not.”
Did you know the SC STL group would be willing to concede having the ticket tax go towards the city?
“I did not know we’d be able to reach that compromise. I’d have been happy to get the whole 5 percent ticket tax. They made the offer for half the ticket tax. We’re kind of running out of time…so at that point I said I could vote yes. And we locked in money for the McKee north side TIF area. Now it just goes into this project…so we kind of defined that incentive whereas previously it was kind of vague. At the end of the day, the city is paying less, we have less of a financial obligation and we have a source of revenue for the ticket tax. Which I thought it was important so fans who come to the games are helping generate revenue for the city and pay for the stadium and not getting a free ride like they were for the initial bill.”
Where do you see the bill going from here?
“I think it will get on the ballot in April. The team’s going to have to run a good campaign to get it past. It’s definitely not wildly popular among voters based on the polling. But I think if they do a good campaign, they’ll definitely have a shot. I think we have a reasonable set of options before the voters.”