Citizens for Liberty petitioning to allow citizen vote on the future of the civic center

RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA TV) - The South Dakota Citizens for Liberty are petitioning so Rapid City registered voters have a chance to decide the future of the Barnett Arena.

The organization has 20 days to collect 2,095 valid signatures and turn them into the city's finance office to change the current outcome.

On Monday, February 26th, the council voted 9-to-1 to back the construction of a new $130 million dollar arena.

A board member for the organization believes there could possibly be a different outcome if the citizens had the chance to vote.

Board member South Dakota Citizens for Liberty Tonchi Weaver, “The people are very divided on it. In the last go around, the new arena was defeated 2-1 so that's a pretty strong statement and when people feel that strongly and it is less money this time on the surface but it's still a lot of money."

One Rapid City resident walked up the Pennington County Administration building Thursday afternoon strictly to sign the petition.

Rapid City resident, Gary Newland, says “I'm not sure how I’m going to vote on it but I think all the citizens should have the right to have their input on it so I wanted to sign up."

The group will have a booth at the 2018 Home Show in the Barnett Arena to continue to collect signatures.