Lincoln City Sports Arena Tax Measure (May 2010)

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There was a Lincoln City Sports Arena Tax Measure on the May 11 ballot in Lancaster County for residents in Lincoln City.

This measure was approved

  • YES 36,846 (56.37%)Approveda
  • NO 28,517 (43.63%)[1]

This measure asked residents if they wanted to allow the use of sales taxes collected by the stadium to pay off around $24 million in debt that will be incurred to construct a new sports arena on the site. The total cost of the arena is expected to be near $340 million paid out with public funds. This measure though just asked for public approval of a portion of the needed funds. City commissioners were split on the issue, those against thought other city projects were more important or did not think the costs was worth the impact.[2]

Confusing ballot language, if the measure would or would not raise taxes, has led many voters to be puzzled over which way to vote. The language states that the taxes will not increase over the state set limit, but that still allows for an increase below that threshold. Also, when city officials were asked what they would do if the vote failed, none could answer. There is no other option to get this stadium built if this vote is not approved the first time around.[3]