Associated Press, Published November 05 2009
Sioux Falls events center proposal takes shape with call for 1-cent sales taxSIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A group working on a new Sioux Falls events center says the project should include upgrades to the existing arena and convention center and should be financed by a 1-cent sales tax.
Cost estimates range from $137 million to $169 million. The sales tax increase would need approval from legislators and voters.
Mayor Dave Munson appointed the 18-member task force more than a year ago to work on the project.
The group's recommendations include a 12,000-seat basketball and hockey arena with room for 3,000 more permanent seats next to the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center. The group also seeks legislation giving cities the power to raise a temporary 1-cent sales tax for a specific project with local voter approval.
Questions remain about parking. The task force proposes knocking down Howard Wood Field for a surface lot. The School Board wants a new high school sports complex.