State law establishes the district’s taxing authority. The district establishes levies in accordance with South Dakota Property Tax Law, which may change annually. The governing body of the school district may impose an excess tax levy with an affirmative two thirds vote of the governing body on or before July fifteenth of the year prior to the year taxes are payable. The decision may be referred upon a resolution of the governing body of the school district or by a petition signed by at least five percent of the registered voters in the school district. For capital outlay funds, the tax levy cannot exceed 3 dollars per thousand dollars on the taxable valuation of the district, and for special education funds, the tax levy cannot exceed one dollar and forty cents per thousand dollars on taxable valuation. For taxes payable in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, the levy limitation of one dollar and forty cents per thousand dollars of taxable valuation does not apply to any school district.
By law, the Board is permitted to borrow money in anticipation of the collection of taxes for the purpose of securing funds for school operations. The amount of money borrowed cannot exceed the sum of 95 percent of the amount of uncollected taxes levied for the current school fiscal year, plus other uncollected receivables (including state or federal money, not yet received, but) owed to the district.
Policy References: Legal references indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy, and policy cross-references identify additional policies related to the subject matter of the above policy.
SD Constitution Article 13 §5