A proposal recently filed with the Lawrence County Commission concerning the incorporation of a road district around Apple Valley Lane in Spearfish has been approved pending an election to be held later this summer, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.
The road district would contain Lots 1-17 (including Lot 1B) of the Apple Valley subdivision in Spearfish and Apple Valley Lane, which are located near Evans Lane and Hillsview Drive. A proponent of the new district, Clarence Mosier, says that the purpose of the road district would be gaining the ability to borrow funds to maintain and improve Apple Valley Lane. He explained that if the homeowner’s association borrowed the funding, members would be forced to offer their private assets to secure a bank loan. With the incorporation of a road district comes taxing authority, a guaranteed revenue source that would help the community to gain access to bank funds. Up until now, the homeowner’s association has been using its own funds to maintain the road.
A vote will be held August 11, with eligible voters defined as: (According to SDCL 31-12A)
People or public corporations that are landowners of land located within the proposed or existing road district, residing within or outside the district.
Any firm, partnership, limited liability company, association, estate, or corporation that holds title to land located within the proposed or existing road district is entitled to one vote and may designate an officer or agent to vote on its behalf by presenting a written instrument to that effect to the election officials.
If the vote to on the road district passes, Apple Valley Road District will join over fifty existing districts within Lawrence County.