Special election is set

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Greg Vavra of the South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program, spoke at an informational meeting on the upcoming public vote on a proposed tax levy. The meeting was held Sept. 12 in the courtroom

Tripp County voters will go to the polls Sept. 24 to decide whether taxes should be increased with the money going to roads and bridges.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The normal polling places will be used for this election.

Persons will vote on a property tax increase of 90 cents per $1,000 of valuation with a five-year cap. The money will bring in $900,000 a year which can only be used for roads and bridges.

The Tripp County Commissioners say with the current budget they are unable to maintain, repair and construct roads and bridges in Tripp County.
State law permits the governing board to levy an annual tax as a reserve fund to be accumulated and used for the purpose of maintaining, repairing and constructing roads and bridges.

The money raised in this tax can only be used for roads and bridges.

The commissioners passed a resolution to raise the taxes and this resolution was referred to a vote of the public.

A vote in favor of the tax increase would authorize the county auditor to apply the tax levy.

A vote no would not adopt the annual tax levy and there would be no increase in taxes.

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