(SD)-Referendum Petition Drive Underway on RC Arena Approval
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A petition drive is underway for a public vote on last week's decision by the Rapid City City Council to build a $130-million dollar replacement for the Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Members of Citizens for Liberty are circulating petitions at multiple locations around Rapid City.
Citizens for Liberty lobbyist Tonchi Weaver told KEVN-TV the people should have a say for such a large-scale project with a "long-term generational debt" that will take years to pay off.
Opponents of a new arena argued during the council debate that a better financial approach would be bringing the Barrett Arena up the ADA requirements, which would cost tens of millions of dollars but less than a new facility. Weaver says the public should be the one making that decision.
The petitioners have 2 more weeks until Tuesday the 20th at 5 o'clock to collect almost 21-hundred signatures from registered Rapid City voters to put the issue on the ballot.
If the resolution gets placed on the ballot, a "Yes" vote means Rapid City will proceed building the new $130 million arena and a "No" vote means they'll spend $25 million renovating the current arena.
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