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February11

Proposed percentage change in cap outlay votes passes comm.

Change may be coming to the capital outlay fund of school districts in larger ways, but a victory was struck for the fund at Wednesday’s (2/11) Senate Local Government committee meeting.   Committee members voted 4-3 in favor of Senate Bill 183, which lowers the percentage of supporting votes needed from 60 to 55 percent
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February11

Senate lets leased property tax class bill through

After few years of struggle on the Senate side, a bill creating a leased residential property tax classification found favor in the chamber.   An amended version of Senate Bill 100 passed the Senate on a 25-8 vote. The amendment removed the levy of $9.10/$1,000 of valuation, which was the same as commercial property levy
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February10

Fund balance bill finds support

A bill requiring school districts to report their fund balances at the end of each month in the fiscal year for the general, capital outlay, pension and special education funds passed the House Education committee on a unanimous vote.   Rep. Jacqueline Sly, House Bill 1148’s main sponsor, said the bill provides the legislature with a “timely collection
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February06

Gov. Daugaard announces plans for task force to study K-12

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on Friday (2/6) his office will establish a “Blue Ribbon” task force with the charge of studying K-12 education.   The task force will examine school funding, student achievement and the teacher shortage. Task force members will include government officials, school board members, administrators, teachers and parents. It is not expected
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February05

No increase for pension levy

Members of the House Taxation committee voted to kill a bill that would have allowed school districts to raise their pension levy by $.05.   School districts currently can levy $.30 per $1,000 of valuation for their pension levy and House Bill 1115, which was defeated on a 10-5 vote, would have raised the maximum
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February04

Leased residential levy bill returns

The creation of a leased residential property levy has again appeared in the South Dakota legislature’s chambers.   Members of the Senate Taxation committee narrowly passed Senate Bill 100, which creates the new classification and would set the levy at $9.10/$1,000 of valuation. A bill similar in nature has been approved by the House and
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January31

Two percent increase bill reviewed

The bill providing a two percent increase in state aid for schools had its first hearing on Friday (1/30).   Members of the Senate Appropriations committee reviewed Senate Bill 53, but deferred action to a later date. A two percent increase would bring the per-student allocation to approximately $4,877 for the 2015-16 school year.  
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January28

Senate supports explanation resolution

Members of the Senate voted 24-11 to support HCR 1001, which that distinguished the difference between a fee and a tax.   Sen. Dan Lederman said the resolution is a “statement of explanation and intent” of the responsibilities of the legislature. Sen. Lederman noted a tax is how the state pays for everyone’s fair share and
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January27

Resolution recognizes fees and taxes differences

On a 57-10 vote, members of the House voted to pass a legislative resolution that distinguished the difference between a fee and a tax.   Rep. Jim Bolin introduced HCR 1001 on the floor, saying he “would like (the explanation) to go on record” because “many current members of (the House) faced a barrage of charges” from
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