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Apr 17, 2011

Belle Fourche - Government & Citizenship

Belle Fourche, South Dakota covers an area of 8.6 square miles and was named by French trappers for the “beautiful fork” created by the Belle Fourche and Redwater Rivers near the settlement. In 2016 the city’s population was 5,655. Belle Fourche is the geographic center of the United States.

Belle Fourche is governed by a mayor and an eight-person city council. Two council members are elected for each of the city’s four wards and serve three-year terms. The city council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the Belle Fourche City Council Chambers at 7:00 pm. Find meeting agendas and minutes here.

Budgets

For the fiscal year of 2016, the City of Belle Fourche budgeted a total of $16,180,519, up from the previous year’s budget of $13,871,377. The general fund was budgeted $5,127,143, and the Capital Improvement Fund $4,351,000. Find a complete breakdown of this year’s budget here.

Find more information at the City Finance Office’s webpage.

Philanthropy & Nonprofits

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, Butte County has two private foundations with over $4.7 million in combined assets reported for 2013. The foundations are as follows.

  1. Clarkson Family Foundation
  2. Carol Clarkson Ecklund Foundation 

Elections

Contact the Belle Fourche Finance Office for information concerning municipal elections and voter registration. Find information regarding upcoming elections in Butte County on the Butte County Auditor’s website, including polling places, sample ballots, and voting precincts. See results from recent elections on the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website.

Public Safety

The Belle Fourche Police Department provides the city with law enforcement services and dedicating to resolving conflicts and protecting the community and its residents. The Police Committee meets the second Thursday of the month at 12pm at the police building.

The Belle Fourche Fire Department provides emergency fire suppression and prevention education services to Belle Fourche and the surrounding area. Find them on Facebook here.

Veterans & Military Affairs

The Butte County Veterans Service Officer is a resource for United States Veterans in the Belle Fourche and Butte County area and is available from 7:30am to 4:00pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Transportation to Fort Meade VA Clinic is also available via the Butte County Veterans Service Office.

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