The Sioux Falls City Council approved the first payment for the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
Michelle Erpenbach, City Council Chair, said the council unanimously approved to supplement the appropriation in order to make a payment of $4.25 million.
The $117 million events center is being funded through $115 million of City money, and $2 million from private funds. The City of Sioux Falls will pay about $7.8 million per year, Finance Director Tracy Turbak said. Payments will be made through the second penny sales tax fund.
However, don't be alarmed, the second penny sales tax does not imply a change in sales tax or a tax increase. In South Dakota, the state takes 4 cents of every dollar, and cities have the option to charge up to two cents more.
The first penny is used for a city's operating costs and the second penny is used for capital—such as buildings and streets, Erpenbach explained.
The first payment on "The Den" will be made this month, Turbak said. The last payment will be made in 2033.
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