Rapid City's 2016 Budget was passed by a divided council. The Rapid City Journal reported on one major issue of contention: the CPI increase. The city is allowed to make an increase to property tax based on South Dakota's Consumer Price Index. The increase had been an automatic part of the budget until 2012, when Mayor Kooiker asked it to be subject to a separate vote. It has not been included in the previous three budgets. The 1.5% tax represents an increase of less than $6 per $100,000 valuation of property, and would add about $224,000 to the budget.
Aldermen Weifenbach, Roberts, and Laurenti had argued against the increase in the September 2nd Legal & Finance Committee meeting (item 17). They were joined by Alderwoman Scott, but the other six members approved the CPI. The council then approved the budget, although they removed an increase to their own pay.
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