The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that it's sending $10 million to Sioux Falls to reimburse the city for improving the levee system.
Mayor Mike Huether says he'd like to use the money to pay back bonds used to finance the levy project, but explains that they are call protection bonds which cannot be repaid until 2018.
And while city leaders weigh their options, KELOLAND News asked what residents would do with the $10 million.
He just moved here two weeks ago from the Twin Cities, but after driving around on Sioux Falls roads, Nick Lorensen knows exactly where he'd spend the money.
"They should fix 41st Street," Lorensen said.
Lorensen says road repairs are needed to help control traffic in the growing city.
"The traffic, it's horrible they need to fix it. They need to spend the money there," Lorensen said.
While the city could make road improvements or invest the money, most of the people say they'd like the money to go toward social services.
"I think there are a lot of people on Medicaid and they are just not getting the medical attention that they need so that's where I would put it," Julie Pierson said.
"We don't have any half-way houses for teens in South Dakota," Heather Fischer said. "That was my first thought, oh gosh, that would be great if they use the money to have one for the kids to go."
"I think the money should go to the downtown YMCA," Trish Klaver said. "They're looking at renovating shortly and need some money to do that and I think it would be a great cause for the community."
While others say the money should be used to reduce property taxes within Sioux Falls city limits.
"Iit should benefit everybody. Everybody lives here and pays some sort of tax, maybe lower sales tax by a few tenths of a percent, something to help everybody instead of just a certain few people," Ben Johnson said.
But whatever the city leaders decide, people living in the state's largest city say they want them to take their time.