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Hot Springs - Government & Citizenship

Hot Springs covers an area of 3.6 square miles in north central Fall River County. In 2016, the city had a population of 3,564 and is the county seat of Fall River County. Hot Springs is governed by an aldermanic council comprised of two elected aldermen from each of the city’s four wards. A mayor is also elected by popular vote. All elected officials serve two-year terms. The city council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month, at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs. Find contact information, agendas, and meeting minutes for the Hot Springs City Council here.


For the year 2016, Hot Springs projected a total budget of $2,561,690 after calculating the city’s total projected revenues of the same amount. The city’s recent purchase, Evans Plunge, and the recently upgraded city golf course generate funds for the city as well as require city maintenance. Find the entire proposed budget here, along with budgets from recent years.


Hot Springs municipal election information can be found on the city website, including polling places, registration deadlines, and voter ward information. Find information regarding upcoming elections in Fall River County here, including polling places, sample ballots, and voting precincts. See results from recent election on the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website.

Public Safety

Law enforcement in Hot Springs is managed by the Hot Springs Police Department, which is made up of a chief and four full-time officers. Animal Control is also managed by HSPD. Fire suppression and education services are provided by the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Veterans & Military Affairs

Fall River County Veteran’s Services is open daily on weekdays from 8am to 5pm. The Veterans Service Officer is available to help United State veterans with “disability and pension claims, education benefits, home loans, burial benefits, general health care questions, and veterans state bonus awards, as well as any other veteran-related questions.”

Located in Hot Springs is one hospital campus of the VA Black Hills Health Care System. Established in 1889 as the State Soldiers Home, the hospital has also been known as the Battle Mountain Sanitarium. Hot Springs is also home to the South Dakota State Veterans’ Home.

The hospital provided primary and secondary medical and surgical care, as well as residential rehabilitation treatment program services for veterans living is South Dakota and parts of Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana. After years of discussion, the VA announced in 2017 that many of the services offered at the Hot Springs VA hospital would be relocated to Rapid City, including its residential rehabilitation program. An outpatient clinic and call center will remain on the Hot Springs campus. 

Read more about the history of Battle Mountain Sanitarium, now part of the VA Black Hills Health Care System, on this Black Hills Knowledge Network resource page. Read more about the reorganization of the Hot Springs VA on the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive

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