Evans Plunge will belong to city of Hot Springs - KOTA Territory News

Evans Plunge will belong to city of Hot Springs

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Residents of Hot Springs voted in favor for the city to purchase the Black Hills oldest tourist attraction, Evans Plunge.    

By a count of 380 to 369, a 'yes' vote allows the city to borrow up to $1.9 million to purchase and renovate the property.    

A total of 751 ballots were cast, including 65 absentee ballots, bringing the voter turnout to 30 percent.

City administrator Harley Lux says buying Evans Plunge will allow local control, and the ability to keep it open to the public, possibly year round.    

Voters voiced their opinions after leaving the polls.

"I think it will be good for the city, said Alverna Kopsky. "We need action and activity and people."

Of course, not everyone agrees with the decision to purchase the attraction.

"I felt the way the economy is and the way everything's going right now that my vote, the way I voted today was the best way of voting, said Jim Flesser.  

Because the margin between a 'yes' and 'no' vote was only two percent (51-49), there is a possibility for a recount tomorrow.

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