KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Brandon Residents Vote No On $12.5M Bond



Bookmark and Share

Residents of Brandon have voted no on a $12.5 million bond that would pay for an expansion of a local park.
    
Sixty percent of the ballots casted needed to be a ‘yes’ vote, only 6 percent of voters voted just that, while 94 percent voted no.

In the town of Brandon, where the population is just over 9,000, a big portion of those residents are kids who like to play ball.  
     
Bryan Read, Brandon City Administrator said, "We have about 1,100 kids in softball and baseball right now and the existing parks we have now are at capacity."

That leads to the $12.5 million bond that would pay for an expansion of Aspen Park. Currently, the 55.5 acre sports complex has nine baseball fields, two tennis courts, playgrounds, and a community pool. The proposed expansion would add an additional 30 acres and five new ball fields costing around $10 million.

"(There will be) one full-sized baseball stadium, as well as about $2.5 million of improvements to the existing swimming pool," Read explained.

But the bond comes with something else, a hike in property taxes.  The 10 year bond would raise taxes about $265 per year for every $100,000 a home is valued at.

“There's feelings on both sides," Read said. "There are some people who really support it, and then there are others that are strongly opposed to it, so that's why it’s nice that this is a vote so people can express their opinions."

And even after casting a vote, residents still had plenty more to say.
     
John Davoux, resident of Brandon said, "You really believe we need to put more money into a park than the school we will be voting on here in another two weeks? It's absolutely ridiculous."

Voters will be back at the polls to decide on another issue regarding a new school, which many believe the city should be using its money for. On the other hand, some believe fundraising would be a good option for this type of project.
    
David Miller, resident of Brandon said, "If they could do that, raise majority of it, and maybe come back with it, then maybe I'd be more on board with it."

City leaders said since the bond failed, they will have to go back and make a new, less expensive expansion plan.

The final vote was 134 yes to 1,940 no.

 


< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Council Members Call For Alcohol Ban Now   story with video

Complaints are rolling in, police presence is getting more common, and ...

Local Business Helps Employee Battling Cancer  story with video

Thirty-nine-year-old real estate agent Andy Kontz once considered himself a fitness fanatic. “I was ...

"Flags In The Wind" On Display At Falls Park

A travelling exhibit spreading the message of peace around the world is on display at Falls Park in Sioux ...

Project S.O.S. Gears Up for Free Distribution  story with video  Jul. 24

Sioux Falls City Hall Renovates Ground Floor  Jul. 24

Accidents Used As Lessons In Driver's Ed  story with video  Jul. 24

Insurers Owe $2,600 In Refunds In South Dakota  Jul. 24

Feds: Minn. Receives 173 Immigrant Children  Jul. 24

21 Unaccompanied Children Placed With SD Sponsors  Jul. 24

SD Museum, Collector Dispute Elvis' Broken Guitar  Jul. 24

Last Defendant Sentenced For Defrauding Programs  Jul. 24

Patterson Arraigned For Kidnapping, Assault  Jul. 24

A Second RAGBRAI Rider Has Died  Jul. 24

Canton Area Car Show Gives Back  story with video  Jul. 24

Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar  Jul. 24

14 Clear Lake Co-workers Claim $230,000 Jackpot  Jul. 24

Hearing Set For Iowan Held As Deaths Case Witness  Jul. 24

Bighorn Sheep Transplants Chosen Carefully  Jul. 24

How Do You Think The Events Center Looks?  story with video  Jul. 23

Ordinance To Ban Roaming Cats Fails In Brookings  Jul. 23

Another Car Versus Bike Crash In Sioux Falls  Jul. 23

Sioux Falls Updates Bicycle Safety Plan  story with video  Jul. 23

Hundreds of Cars To Appear At Canton Car Show  Jul. 23

Update: SF Police Find Missing Woman  Jul. 23

Man Ordered To Prison For Robbing Spearfish Store  Jul. 23

Minnesota Hires Top Medical Pot Official  Jul. 23

DNR Announces Plans For 'Conservative' Deer Season  Jul. 23

Great Plains Zoo Duck Dabbles In The Arts  Jul. 23

KDLT News Archive
     

Update: SF Police Find Missing Woman

Sioux Falls Police have found a missing person. Tori Jean Bruggeman ...

Another Car Versus Bike Crash In Sioux Falls

There has been another car versus bicycle crash in Sioux ...

Quarry In SF Will Operate For 15 More Years  story with video

If you've ever been to Sioux Falls, and driven near Madison ...

Sioux Falls Updates Bicycle Safety Plan  story with video  Jul. 23

Unauthorized Charges Linked To Fair Tickets  Jul. 23

South Dakota PUC Rules Against Wind Power Producer  Jul. 23

How Do You Think The Events Center Looks?  story with video  Jul. 23

A Second RAGBRAI Rider Has Died  Jul. 24

KDLT News Archive
     

SF West wins Region 2-A title  story with video

SF West went through Region 2-A unbeaten after winning the title game 11-1 over Yankton. Luke ...

Chris Dixon is retiring from Indoor Football  story with video

Legendary Indoor Football QB Chris Dixon has decided to hang it up ...

Brookings Bandits getting closer to goals  story with video

The Brookings Bandits advanced to the State "A" Legion Baseball ...

Cowboys love the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo  story with video  Jul. 24

Brookings, SF West make State "A" Legion Tournament  Jul. 23

Birds drop 3rd straight at St. Paul  Jul. 23

Scheels Plays of the Week from July 14th-20th  story with video  Jul. 23

Donohue's 67 highlights final day at State Junior Golf  story with video  Jul. 22

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top