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Sioux Falls councilors spell out 10 things to know before you vote, mayor reacts

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Before you head to the polls to vote on whether to build an events center in Sioux Falls, two Sioux Falls city council members want you to know what they're calling "a few facts" before you make your decision.

Councilors Vernon Brown and Greg Jamison outlined 10 items they think aren't being talked about with the proposed events center.

"We need to take time on this process especially in this economy and make sure it's affordable," Brown said.

They say there isn't enough parking, construction costs are rising with all projects, we're borrowing 100% of the money, putting no money down and no taxes will be raised.

"Like all South Dakota cities we are at our maximum tax level allowed by state law so we can't raise them because it's against the law," Jamison said.

We talked to the mayor about these issues.

"What happens the last couple weeks of any campaign is stuff like this," Mike Huether said.

He feels this financial plan which uses the second penny sales tax to pay for the proposed events center is sound.

"We can take the revenues already generating in this great town and use that to build our new events center and take care of other infrastructure needs of our town," Huether said.

And he says it's time to move forward.

"If these two men want the city to go back that's their choice. I'm going to do what I was hired to do and the other councilors were hired to do and that is be positive and lead and take advantage of things that lie ahead for the city," Huether said.

Jamison and Brown say they want an events center built but just not now.

"If you decide you're not comfortable with $125 million debt, we can work together to create a better, more affordable plan for Sioux Falls so you can comfortably vote yes," Brown said.

If you live in Lincoln or Minnehaha counties, you'll head to the polls November 8th.

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