Dell Rapids City Administrator, Justin Weiland, told Big Sioux Media the permit requests that were on Monday night’s agenda were all approved for special events in June. Also, the council discussed and passed a resolution pertaining to opt-out of the property tax to help pay for the addition and renovation of the local library. The following is the resolution posted by the city including an election date in July:
PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
RESOLUTION FOR OPT OUT
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DELL RAPIDS, SOUTH DAKOTA, do state that the City Council is unable to operate under the tax limitation measure currently in state statute. We therefore OPT OUT of such tax limitation in the amount of $60,000 per year starting with calendar year 2012 taxes payable in the calendar year 2013. This opt out will be for 20 years, which will be through taxes payable in the calendar year 2032. This action has been taken by the City Council and approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the City Council.
As provided in SDCL 10-13-36, the City Council has elected to refer the proposed opt-out to a vote of the people. The referral election will be held on July 17, 2012.
If the opt-out is approved by the voters, the county auditor will be authorized to spread an excess levy to raise tax dollars in the above stated amount.