Vikings stadium foes turn attention to City Council

City Attorney Susan Segal. Tim Nelson / MPR News

Critics of the billion-dollar Vikings stadium deal are expected to oppose the reappointment of Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal during a hearing today at City Hall.

Segal has said, contrary to the city’s charter, Minneapolis was not required to hold a public vote on the use of city tax dollars to fund the stadium, because those dollars are controlled by the state. In 2012, state legislators approved a measure to funnel $150 million of local sales tax revenues to fund the project.

Segal’s legal opinion also has drawn the opposition of council member Cam Gordon, who has said he will vote against her reappointment.

Former mayor R.T. Rybak appointed Segal in 2008. During her tenure, she has focused on increasing convictions for domestic violence crimes.

The hearing takes place at 1:30 p.m. The full council will vote on her reappointment later this week.