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Bismarck voters reject $90M Civic Center expansion

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Voters in North Dakota's capital city have rejected a proposed expansion of the Bismarck Civic Center.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 57 percent of voters on Tuesday rejected the measure that would have provided nearly $70 million in new hospitality taxes over 20 years to help pay for the $90 million project.

Supporters said the majority of the new motel, liquor, restaurant and lodging taxes would be paid by outsiders, and that an expanded civic center would boost the city's economy. Opponents worried about space for more parking, and about stifling growth in the area.