The St. Louis soccer stadium plan cleared another hurdle Thursday when a circuit court judge ordered two bills necessary for the funding of a stadium to go to vote in April.

Judge Michael Mullen, of the 22nd Circuit Court, made the order Thursday, a spokesman for the court said. In addition to the stadium funding plan, he also put the sales tax increase to fund MetroLink on the April ballot.

The MetroLink tax increase would automatically cause the city's business use tax to go up, but there's a part two to that. Under a second ballot initiative, the city would direct that revenue toward a new MLS stadium near Union Station.

Both bills need to pass for the stadium to be funded. Both need a simple majority to pass.

Jim Kavanaugh, vice chair of SC STL, released the following statement: 

“We thank Judge Mullen for his ruling this afternoon that city voters will have the opportunity in April to approve the ballot measure and make it possible for a Major League Soccer expansion team to play in a new multi-purpose stadium in Downtown St. Louis.  This ruling comes after a tough but productive negotiation with the Board of Aldermen, and we also thank them for their time, effort and support.  If the vote passes in April, we project more than 400-plus construction jobs, 450 permanent jobs, $17 million in net tax revenue and the development of 24 acres of unused land in downtown.  Now is the time for our ownership group and everyone who believes in this project to come together and work toward making it happen in April.”