Port Yankton supporters will decide by January whether to resurrect the proposed entertainment complex and convention center.
Plans include a casino, requiring a state constitutional amendment. Currently, South Dakota allows certain gaming at Deadwood and tribal casinos.
The Pork Yankton effort ran into a roadblock during the 2018 Legislature when the measure died in committee and didn’t reach the floor. However, Port Yankton backers are considering a petition drive to place the constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot.
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It’s no secret how the Yankton City Commission feels about the aquatic center issue that now faces Yankton voters.
We stood together on Oct. 8 and voted unanimously to “dive in” to this pool project. Our intent with approving the property tax opt-out as a commission was not to take a short cut or to deprive citizens of a vote on the issue.
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