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Rapid City Performing Arts seeking funds from city

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The Rapid City Performing Arts Center is looking for more funding from the city to operate through the year but some city council members and the mayor are concerned about other ways that money could be used.    

Back in September the Rapid City Performing Arts Center opened its doors with the help of the $3.25 million from the city and their own $1. 8 million. Now the center is asking the city for $53,000 to help with operation costs.

Mayor Sam Kookier is concered that continuing to fund the center will take away from other entities.

"I do not want to see it turn into an ongoing annual investment because we have other needs if we don't provide for the police department and fire department on one else will however the performing arts center does have other options from the private sector," said Mayor Kookier.

But the officials from the arts center say the city should follow through with the project and help with operation costs.

"Continuing to do what we need to do and that is build a facility, complete our bookings and build our basically build our business and the first few years of any business are difficult and require either a loan or funding," said Kristol McKie, Rapid City Performing Arts Center Operating Board President.  

The council voted 6 to 3 in support of funding the center this time around.

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