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December 05, 2017 10:08 PM

Mixed-Use Parking Ramp Passes Sioux Falls City Council

Sioux Falls, SD

A mixed-use parking ramp proposed for downtown Sioux Falls is turning into a multi-million-dollar controversial issue.

For nearly two hours on Tuesday night, Sioux Falls City Council members listened to feedback from the public and voiced their own concerns.

From bonds to second-penny sales tax — discussion over the structure was heated at times.  

After weeks of debate over this topic the council voted to pass the parking ramp 6 to 1. Council member Pat Starr walked out and came back after the vote.  

Council member Theresa Stehly has been vocal about the issue and the use of the 2nd penny tax being used to back this project. 

"I have a great concern about tying the second penny to this and I've said this publicly, I've said this over and over again. The public that I talk with also has concerns," Stehly said. 

Construction of the ramp is expected to begin in spring 2018.

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