Opponents of a half-cent sales tax, which is slated to back a proposed $65 million revenue bond issue to help finance renovation of the St. Paul civic center, have stopped trying to place the tax before voters.

Though opponents submitted more than the required 6,476 signatures to put the tax on the ballot, about 1,600 of the signatures were ruled invalid, according to city officials. Earlier this month, opponents told the city they will be unable to meet the requirements to validate the petition.

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