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February14

No new property tax class

There will be no new property tax classification for South Dakota.   Members of the Senate State Affairs committee voted 7-2 to kill House Bill 1086, which created a new tax levy for a school district’s general fund for leased property. The premise of the bill had a similar fate in a Senate committee last
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February12

Proposed pension levy expansion passes committee, House

An option that may help with the rising health insurance costs school districts are facing may be coming.   On Monday, House Taxation committee members voted 9-6 to pass House Bill 1218, which authorizes a school district to use certain tax levies for pension and health insurance purposes. The bill would not increase the levy,
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February09

Other revenue decision waits for another day

Members of the House Taxation committee needed more time to mull over the potential effects of a bill that would equalize certain forms of other revenue received by school districts.   The committee opted to defer action on House Bill 1205 after a close vote (7-8) to kill the bill failed. House Taxation is scheduled
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February05

Leased property bill leaves House bound for Senate

Just like last year, only with a handful of fewer votes, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would create a new tax levy for a school district’s general fund for leased property.   On a 49-20 vote, Representatives sent House Bill 1086 to the Senate. A similar version of the bill passed the
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January31

Debate on new tax class continues

A proposed fourth property tax classification passed the House Taxation committee on a 12-3 vote on Thursday.   House Bill 1086 would create a new tax levy for a school district’s general fund for leased property; removing it from the commercial levy. Agricultural and owner-occupied property classifications round out the four taxable levies.   The
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January30

$4,805 still alive

A small step in the legislative process was a big win for school districts on Wednesday.   House Education committee members voted 13-2 to refer a bill that would return the per-student allocation to its previous highpoint of $4,805. ASBSD supports House Bill 1004.   “Schools are not in the business to make money. We’re
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January29

Open Enrollment bill for Parents defeated

Senate Local Government committee members voted down a bill that would have allowed parents of open enrolled students to vote on issues or run for the school board in the district their child is open enrolled in despite not being a resident of the district.   On a 6-1 vote, committee members killed Senate Bill
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March07

Off to see the Governor

Three bills with important implications for K-12 education are headed to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk for final approval after Representatives and Senators voted to pass conference committee recommendations.   Senate Bill 28: The amended version of the bill adjusting general fund property tax levies for school districts passed the House and Senate by 62-5 and
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January30

Three bills deferred to 41st

Increased funding bill blocked   House Bill 1201, which called for an increase to the per-student allocation dollar amount for the next three years, was deferred to the 41st Legislative Day on 9-4 by the House State Affairs committee.   “The bill was in for a battle,” Pogany said. “Although it’s disappointing it was defeated, the committee acknowledged something needs to
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January29

K-12 gets committee focus tomorrow

Wednesday’s committee schedule marks a big day for legislation related to K-12 education.   House State Affairs committee members will hear two bills that would improve upon the current K-12 education funding situation.   House Bill 1201 calls for an increase to the per-student allocation dollar amount for the next three years to balance the “funding shortfalls” school
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