Belle Fourche city officials are proposing to eliminate city subsidies to all organizations other than the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce in its city budget for 2018, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. After nine budget workshops and fifteen tied votes, the finalized budget will be read at the city council meeting Tuesday evening.
After a 48-minute meeting, Belle Fourche City Council members voted to cut $204,000 from the 2018 city budget by eliminating funding to all city subsidies and allocating $25,000 to the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce; a $10,000 cut from last year.This is an 89 percent decrease in total subsidy allocation from the 2017 fiscal year.
Council members expressed their frustration over the actions of other members, resulting in the tied votes and the massive cuts. The city did however agree to approve $20,000 in funding for the Black Hills Roundup and possibly provide $200,000 for the construction of new grandstands for the Roundup grounds but no action was taken.