Priority Based Budgeting

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Rapid City mayor is mailing out a survey to residents to understand what they want city dollars to go toward.

It’s another part of the mayor’s priority-based setting budget process.

Three thousand survey’s will drop into the mailboxes of Rapid City residents. City officials randomly selected an equal number of residents from each of the city’s five wards.

Rapid City mayor Steve Allender says the surveys will help the city understand better what citizens want funded, but with a finite amount of dollars.

Rapid City Property Taxes Increase By 1 Percent

Sep 7, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Rapid City Common Council is approving a property tax hike as a part of crafting this year’s budget.

According to city documents, the one percent rate hike will generate an additional $160,000 dollars for city coffers.

Meanwhile, the mayor is vetoing funding for a city program that coordinates seniors for volunteer opportunities.

Since 2011, anytime the city wants to raise property taxes it must be debated separately. According to officials, prior to then property taxes would increase with the Consumer Price Index rate of inflation.