- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Mayor Mike Huether is pushing aside the wishes of the Sioux Falls City Council to advance a proposed $25 million city office building downtown.

Huether said Wednesday that he vetoed a measure to pull funding for the 79,000-square-foot, three-story government office building.

Huether says the need is real, the project makes sense financially and the time is right.

His administration has maintained that more space is needed for city workers, and that a new building would be more economical than renovating an existing building.

The Argus Leader reports that the city council recently voted to repeal the measure that allowed borrowing to pay for the building. The council can override Huether’s decision, but project opponents expect the mayor’s veto to stand because of the required vote threshold.

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