According to the Rapid City Journal, Pennington County residents could see an increase in property taxes next year. The proposal is to raise property taxes, $7.60 per $100,000 of property value. The Pennington County Commission currently anticipates needing a budget of $88.5 million for 2017. This includes adding 13.5 full time positions, renovating the courthouse, converting the former National American University building to expand the detox center among other things. The report says additional money is needed to finish projects that were anticipated for 2016, but postponed after voters rejected the wheel tax in 2016.
Julie Pearson, Pennington County Auditor, suggests enacting a "stored CPI" tax. The CPI is the consumer price index. South Dakota law enables charging the tax retroactively for the past three years. In 2016 the CPI was actually negative, but commissioners could implement the tax from previous years.
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