User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


41° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Minnehaha County Considers Opt-Out

July 11, 2012, 6:07 PM by Brady Mallory

Minnehaha County Considers Opt-Out
MINNEHAHA COUNTY -

Opting out of the state property tax freeze is one way the Minnehaha County Commission could fill part of a gap in next year's budget. 

The county is facing a $3.2 million deficit in the general fund and the proposed opt-out could raise $2 million.

"It's important we maintain our community," Robin Tobin said outside of her home.

While the county tries to maintain itself, an opt-out could mean $25 more per year in property tax for the owner of a $150,000 house.  If it passes, Tobin will have more responsibility beyond her front yard.  How does she feel about that?

"I think that's okay," Tobin, who has lived in her house in Sioux Falls for 30 years, said.

According to County Commission Chairman Dick Kelly, an increase in crime over the last year brings greater need for public safety.  The Minnehaha County state's attorney's office has had 5,396 criminal cases this year, that's up more than 608 from last year.  This means public safety departments, like the state's attorney's office, jail and sheriff's office, need more money.

"We don't have any other places we get income from, like a sales tax, to keep up with the times," Kelly said.

The last opt-out was in 2006 when the commission approved a $1.6 million opt-out to help fill a nearly $2 million gap in its 2007 budget.  If passed for 2013, this one would be the county's fifth and largest.

"I don't like them. I don't like to raise taxes. I'm convinced we're going to have to do something," Kelly said.

Even though not everyone likes the idea of higher taxes, Tobin said a safe community is worth it.

"When they really need an emergency person, everybody wants them right there and at that time.  If they're not adequately staffed or trained and stuff, everybody complains and stuff," Tobin said.

Kelly said the commission will decide on July 13 if it will pursue an opt-out and said it could be less than $2 million.  Even if it passes, the county still faces cuts and consolidations.

The commission is considering a budget of about $66.8 million budget.  Some of the biggest requests for increases come from the jail for about $600,000 and $400,000 in computer and technology updates.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Parker Teen Dies In One Vehicle Crash

4/12/2014 10:18 AM

16-year-old Tonya Anderson from Parker, SD died in a one vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls on Highway 42 on Friday.

Full Story
SF Woman Dies In Crash Near Brookings

4/12/2014 10:34 AM

A Sioux Falls woman died in a two vehicle crash on I-29 south of Brookings.

Full Story
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

4/15/2014 7:15 AM

Authorities plan to release an update on the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two South Dakota girls.

Full Story
Remains Found In Car Are Missing Girls

4/15/2014 1:39 PM

After more than 40 years, the families of two missing teenage girls now know what happened to them.

Full Story
Strange Haze Covers Sioux Falls

4/12/2014 5:03 PM

A strange haze with a foul odor hung over the City of Sioux Falls today.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED