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Rapid City Water Rate Increase

Rapid City Water Rate Increase
Group turns in 2,800 signatures in opposition to Rapid City water rate increase
News Staff - December 2, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid CIty group has turned in over 2,800 signatures in opposition to a proposed water rate increase.

On Friday, South Dakota Citzens for Liberty turned in their petitions to the Rapid City Finance Office.

Tonchi Weaver, the coordinator of the petition drive, says she's pleased with the outcome thus far and says it wouldn't be possible without everyone coming together to give both their time and effort.

"This is what citizens do. We did this all with volunteer effort. No one got paid to do this, people sacrificed time with their families over the holiday, time from work even, some of us. We had the goal in mind and we all worked together seamlessly and this is what was accomplished so people can make a difference when they work together for a common goal."

If the City's Finance Office verifies the petitions as valid, they will then schedule a special election.

The city says the item could show up on the Council's agenda as early as the December 18th Council Meeting and if the increased rates pass during a special election, they would take effect January 1st of 2018.

Rapid City is proposing a 43-percent increase over a five-year period.



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