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The Shakopee City Council unanimously approved a proposal to fund community center and ice arena upgrades with $32.2 million in tax abatement bonds, a type of funding that does not require voter approval.
More than 150 residents attended a public hearing on the plans last week. While the majority wore red in support of the project, about a dozen people spoke against it.
Most dissenters wanted the proposal brought to voters in a referendum rather than decided by a council vote. Three referendums proposing community center updates have been voted down since 1999.
The upgrades will include a teen area, a senior center and a kids’ indoor play space, along with gym space, two indoor pools and two sheets of ice.