Rapid City voters to decide on whether to fund $180 million arena expansion March 10

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RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Rapid City voters will decide whether to fund the costliest project in the city's history on March 10.

The Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1Il8vsV ) reports voters will be asked during the special election whether to fund a $180 million expansion of the civic center. Rapid City council members voted in favor of the project, but a group gathered enough signatures to put the decision before voters.

The project would replace the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center's 9,400-seat arena with one that could seat up to 19,000 people. Local sales tax money would be used to repay the bonds for the project. The arena ultimately could cost $420 million over 30 years with interest.

The existing arena is said to have over $70 million in building code and Americans with Disabilities Act violations.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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