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Bennett County Voters Approve Tax Increase to Avoid Bankruptcy

Voters in southern South Dakota's Bennett County have approved an opt out of state-imposed property tax limitations.


Tuesday's vote was 349 in favor and 168 opposed. Auditor Susan Williams says the cash-strapped county used paper ballots that were counted by hand to save money.


The opt-out is designed to generate an additional $350,000 annually and save the county from the possibility of bankruptcy.


The county is surrounded on three sides by American Indian reservations, and about one-fourth of the land is tax-exempt Indian trust land. Officials also cite the recent bad economy and an increase in crime as reasons for the budget woes.


Gregory School Dist. Rejects Opt-Out

Gregory School District voters rejected a proposed three-year, $300,000 opt-out.


Election officials say the unofficial results from Tuesday were 331 votes against and 280 in favor.


The opt-out would have allowed the district to collect an extra $300,000 per year above the state property tax limits for three years.


An opt-out allows a local government to enact bigger annual increases in property-tax collections than state-imposed limits would otherwise allow.


Gregory Superintendent Sara Klein says the additional money would have been used to make up for budget cuts the district has made in the past three years and possibly for additional staff.


22nd Annual Old West Days

The 22nd annual Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Old West Days will be held in Valentine October 10th through the 13th. Activities begin with the parade on the 10th at 4pm. Horses, wagons, vintage automobiles and riding groups are invited to participate in the parade. Following the parade will be a hamburger feed at the Security First Bank parking lot. The Old Time Melodrama will be held that evening at 7:30 at the high school auditorium. Cowboy poetry, trade show, art show and workshops will be held on Friday and Saturday at the school. Featured events will be held Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 and Saturday afternoon at 1:30. Advance tickets are available at Fashions, Young Western Wear and the Visitors Center. Sunday October 13th events include church services, trail ride at 2pm and melodrama that evening at 7:30. On Monday October 7th, Subway in Valentine will donate a portion of all proceeds to the Old West Days event. Stop in at Subway and support Old West Days.


Ann Krueger Joins KVSH

Heart City Radio KVSH welcomes a new addition to the team, Ann Krueger. Ann started part-time at KVSH in October 2011 as an evening and weekend board operator, and recently took over as New Accounts Manager. Ann, a Wyoming native, is a 2007 graduate from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She's looking forward to learning more about the world of radio advertising!


Economic Board Meets


The Valentine Economic Development Board met last evening for a regular monthly meeting at the Valentine Public Library. The board continues to work on gathering information concerning the need for a new public golf course in the community. The board is looking at construction cost factors as well as possible locations.

The economic development board also reviewed progress on the new Valentine community web site and marketing efforts. The board is working with the chamber of commerce and the city to help develop a one stop web site and marketing logo for the community.

There were also updates on business loans, and work being done on business expansions.

The next meeting of the economic development board will be on October 28th at 6pm at the library meeting room.

Anyone who has questions about the economic development program is welcome to contact director Mike Burge at 402-376-6842.


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