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CEDAR PARK, TX-Voters in this fast-growing Williamson County city turned downed a proposal for a $32-million combination ice rink and amphitheater that would have been funded, in part, by tax dollars. The proposition that would have raised $8.6 million in bonds, which had the backing of economic development and city officials, was rejected by 58.5% of the voters.

The facility would have included two ice rinks, one for professional hockey with 7,500 seats, and a 6,500-seat amphitheater. It would have been built with Dallas-based Southwest Sports Group, which is affiliated with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.

Supporters said the complex would mean more than $700,000 in new tax revenue for Cedar Park the facility’s first year and an average of nearly $1 million a year for 20 years. They said it would have generated $27 million in new retail spending in Cedar Park in its first year.

It would have been funded with $8.6 million in voter approved bonds and bonds paid back by revenue generated by the facility. Backers said the facility would have cost the average Cedar Park homeowner as little as $25 per year.

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