Voters In Cash-Strapped SD County OK Tax Increase
by Associated Press
September 25, 2013 11:07 AM
Voters in southern South Dakota's Bennett County have approved an opt out of state-imposed property tax limitations.
Tuesday's vote was 349 in favor and 168 opposed. Auditor Susan Williams says the cash-strapped county used paper ballots that were counted by hand to save money.
The opt-out is designed to generate an additional $350,000 annually and save the county from the possibility of bankruptcy.
The county is surrounded on three sides by American Indian reservations, and about one-fourth of the land is tax-exempt Indian trust land. Officials also cite the recent bad economy and an increase in crime as reasons for the budget woes.