Nine members of the Rapid City Council voted in favor of increasing funding for infrastructure. City staff will now draft an ordinance shifting how Rapid City's 2 percent sales tax is distributed. According to the Rapid City Journal, currently 46 percent goes to the general fund, the city improvement fund and the Vision Fund receive 23 percent each, and 8 percent goes to the utility support fund. Under the proposed plan, the utility support fund would be cut out. General fund revenue would increase to 50 percent, capital improvement to 29 percent, while, the Vision Fund would be reduced to 21 percent. The capital improvement fund would see an extra $3.8 million, while the Vision Fund would dip by about $1.1 million; the Vision Fund received $12.4 million in 2016.
The city council will continue budget discussions on August 24. Further stories on the budget are found in the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.