A bill codifying language exempting housing owned by school districts for certified teachers to be tax exempt cleared another legislative hurdle on Wednesday (2/7).
ASBSD supports the bill.
“Housing for them (teachers) is usually the tipping point,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said, adding the difficulty school districts in sparsely populated areas face in recruiting teachers.
“This (exemption) is an important piece of their program.”
HB 1143’s codification comes after legal challenge between a county and a school district took place recently over the tax exemption. The bill will not result in an additional tax burden for local tax payers because it has never been previously collected and will continue to be a benefit to sparse schools.
“This is a big boon for us to draw people (to the school district),” Eagle Butte Business Manager Keith Watt testified.