City officials in Bismarck asked voters in November to approve a $90 million financing package to expand that city’s civic center. Voters said no thanks to the plan, which would have raised the money through higher taxes on booze, restaurants and hotels.
When they proposed the idea, Bismarck officials expressed concerns that new arenas in Sioux Falls and an expansion in Rapid City would lure business from Bismarck.
Now that voters rejected the $90 million proposal, officials have come up with a cheaper, $25 million proposal. And since they don’t need to raise additional revenues, they might not take it to a public vote. Read about it here.