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Mayor Mike Huether talks about proposed events center

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On Monday, Sioux Falls City Council members voted 7 to 1 to hold a special election November, 8th and spend $45,000 to fund the election.

Thursday, Mayor Mike Huether told us his next step is making sure you are fully informed about the proposed facility.

But some people who live in the Sioux Falls are against building one.

You'll have just 3 months to get yourself up to date on the proposed events center planned out at the arena/convention center location.

And the mayor is starting with businesses.

"Right now we are setting up organizations, non-profits, nursing homes, with any organization who wants to learn about this investment," Mayor Mike Huether said.

But Steve Hildebrand with the group "Build it Downtown" says some people don't want it built and this time it doesn't have to do with the location. We talked to him on the phone.

"I do think it shows a measure of anxiety to voters that they'll oppose this kind of financing plan," said Steve.

That financing plan was laid out recently and The city will bond the project, paying it off in 22 years, similar to a mortgage.

"By doing this we're doing it to insure we're doing it prudently, responsibility also that the burden isn't impacting this generation but for generations to come," Huether said.

"The mayor wants interest only payments for two years and what that does is it just increases the cost of the events center," Hildebrand said.

And that could be why many could vote no.

We asked you on our KSFY web poll, would you vote in favor of a new Sioux Falls events center? And more than 60% said they will not.

While our poll isn't scientific, it gives you the chance to share your opinion.

Something Mayor Huether was quick to point out to me.

"There is no statistical evidence that those are sound in anyway," Huether said.

And the Mayor thinks the outcome will be positive November, 8th.

The events center needs a simple majority to pass on November, 8th.

And if approved the Mayor hopes to break ground on the events center in the fall of next year.

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