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Legislators raise property tax levies to pay for increase in education funding


News Staff - March 12, 2018

PIERRE, SD - South Dakota budget writers on Friday approved a spending plan for the current state budget year that includes raising the three property tax levies for general education and the one property tax levy for special education.

School districts across the state that choose to adopt the increase are those that will make up much of the one percent funding increase in education.

House Bill 1056, passed Thursday in Pierre, raises the target teacher salary to $49,131.96, a 1.01% increase from the $48,500 target set in 2016, which has fallen short by almost $3,000 annually in some instances, despite a half-cent increase in the state sales tax that was to generate the necessary funding to reach the 2016 salary.

Usually the Legislature revises the maximum property tax levy for school district general funds downward each year to balance out increases in property values. This year, House Bill 1056 increases those maximum mill levies.

The 1 percent increase  in education funding will require more from the three property-tax levies for general education and from the one property-tax levy for special education.



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