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Should the public be able to vote on events center location?

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 I'm standing here downtown where many would call this the 'heart of Sioux Falls'... I'm asking them what they think about a possible events center. Should it be downtown....>

When it comes to the location of a new events center, should the people be given a chance to vote?

"I think whether it's here or at the arena location, the majority should rule. Should it be downtown or near the arena," Jeanne Kangley said.

Sioux Falls city councilmen Greg Jamison tells me he thinks it's a great idea, but adds he doesn't think it's feasible.

"If we had the public vote on every decision along the way, it could get drawn out," Greg Jamison said. "It's a little tough to have every decision, like the size, if we should vote on 12 or 15,000 seats. If we did it that way, it would take a long time and then what would you want elected officials for."

Jamison is asking for the public's patience and their trust. Trust that their elected leaders will make the right decision for the city's future.

"Certainly the public wants elected officials to do some things, make some decisions and provide some leadership. Choosing a location generally would be determined as leadership that we should be able to provide," Jamison said.

Jeannie Kangley tells me on a project this big involving this much money, she and the rest of Sioux Falls should be able to exercise a little more control.

"I think it should be left up to the people of Sioux Falls. They can decide if they want to have it downtown or out near the arena, and yes I would go vote," Kangley said.

The mayor will announce his proposal at the city council meeting on May 2nd.

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