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North Dakota State Roundup

Published July 1, 2005  | July 2005 issue

Seventeen years after easily passing a referendum to build the Fargodome, residents of Fargo resoundingly defeated a proposal to extend local sales taxes to pay for a new $40 million sports and entertainment arena dubbed the Renaissance Center.

The measure would have temporarily increased local sales tax by one-half of a percent to pay for the arena. The proposal needed to garner a 60 percent approval to move forward. Instead, it was defeated by a margin of 71 percent to 29 percent, according to local reports.

Ronald A. Wirtz