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Cash strapped schools ask for Vision Funds from city


News Staff - January 8, 2019

RAPID CITY, SD -  Pinedale Elementary school is in Rapid City, SD is requesting $1.9 million from the city's Vision Fund. The cash would go toward remodeling the playground and tennis courts, and adding an additional play area.

According to Kimar Veluswamy, facility services manager for Rapid City School, the districts capital outlay fund is already spread too thin. He believes Visions Funds are appropriate to use for projects that serve school children.

The school's current funding is enough to maintain buildings as necessary to keep the school open but not enough to update areas for extracurricular opportunities.

The Vision Fund was created in the 1970s when Rapid Citians approved a half-cent sales tax to fund the original construction of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. In the mid-1990’s, residents approved renewing the tax, which was known as Vision 2012 and then simply as the Vision Fund.

In the past, it has been used to support a number of community projects, including Main Street Square, the West and South Community Centers, the Dahl Arts Center, Skyline Wilderness Trail, swimming pools, and adult and youth sporting venues.

Currently, with half of the Vision Fund monies committed to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center new arena project for the next 30 years, between $6 to $6.5 million remains available for community projects this funding year.



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