Townships may be allowed to use levy for roads, bridgesPIERRE — Townships may get an extra 50-cent levy for roads and bridges.
PIERRE — Townships may get an extra 50-cent levy for roads and bridges. The House voted 47-22 in favor of the proposal by Rep. Burt Tulson, R-Lake Norden. Tulson needed a two-thirds majority, which is exactly what he got.
“It’s just a part of our solution for our road needs,” he said. “Please do your best when you vote. I beg you again. Take care.”
Tulson got a boost from a speech by Rep. Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell. “They’re in a world of hurt, and we have school buses going over these bridges,” Rozum said. Rep. Dennis Feickert, D-Aberdeen, said it was “very unfortunate” counties were cut out of the bill but townships need the help. Among other supporters were Rep. Kyle Schoenfish, R-Scotland; Rep. Mike Verchio, R-Hill City; and Rep. Kathy Tyler, D-Big Stone City.
There were the arguments against it.
The opt-out is already available, a license plate increase was adopted last term, and there needs to be a guarantee of public notice, said opponents, who included Rep. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg, and Rep. Julie Bartling, D-Gregory.
“This is a high tax increase people need to be aware of,” said Rep. Anne Hajek, R-Sioux Falls, a former Minnehaha County commissioner. Next stop for HB 1189 is a Senate hearing.