Not long ago, Mitchell Mayor Lou Sebert told me that legislative approval of an optional third percent of sales tax for cities might be the difference-maker for a proposed new arena.
If that’s true, Mitchell’s hope for a new arena might have died — at least in the short-term — with the rejection of the third-percent legislation yesterday.
Here’s the news from The Associated Press:
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota cities failed Thursday in their bid for authority to impose an extra penny sales tax to pay for special projects or upgrades in roads, water lines and other service facilities.
The House Local Government Committee voted 10-3 to reject the measure after lawmakers said taxes should not be raised while the economy is struggling.
Rep. Val Rausch, R-Big Stone City, said taxes should never be raised unless government has no other option.
“The timing is not now,” Rausch said.