Governor Dennis Daugaard's proposal to raise South Dakota's sale tax by one-half cent has been met with resistance. According to a Rapid City Journal article, which also details how the Rapid City Area Schools system came to be in such dire financial straits, Daugaard explains that of the approximate $107 million raised by the increased sales tax, $62.4 million would be given to the school districts to help increase teacher pay. This would be in addition to the $665 million budget the school system received this school year.
The governor's proposal would also repeal the property tax levy while increasing the general-fund levies in order to continue covering the school's benefit expenses.
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