Tourism tax extension now awaits governor's signature

2013-01-29T20:00:00Z Tourism tax extension now awaits governor's signatureBob Mercer Legislative correspondent Rapid City Journal
January 29, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

PIERRE | Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen was all smiles Tuesday after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to make South Dakota’s 1.5 percent tourism tax permanent.

The bill, which was approved 33-2, now goes to the desk of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who is expected to sign it into law. If he does not, the tax would revert to 1 percent after June 30.

Business people from across the state made trips to the Capitol during the past month to lobby for the bill.

“When they get engaged, they’re a great army — but a friendly one,” Hagen said.

The tax was 1 percent on most tourism-related goods and services until 2009, when the Legislature added one-half of a percent to offset budget cuts facing the state offices for arts and archaeology as well as the Cultural Heritage Center.

The extra half-cent was passed with an expiration date of June 30, 2011. Legislators granted another two years in 2011. The tax now raises about $3.1 million annually, with $2 million used for matching grants to promote community events and special attractions.

Republican Sens. Ryan Maher of Isabel and Ernie Otten of Tea opposed the measure. Maher offered an amendment that would have extended the half-cent through June 30, 2023, but it was rejected on a voice vote.

Maher said the 10-year sunset would help keep the program accountable after all of the current legislators have been term-limited. He said the previous sunset clauses are part of the reason the program has been successful.

Maher had put the two-year sunset on in 2009. He said he could sense the bill was going to pass Tuesday without a sunset this time. He voted no anyway.

“I just wanted to make a statement,” he said.

Copyright 2015 Rapid City Journal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

No Comments Posted.

Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

Activate subscription button gif

Deals, Offers and Events

Poll

Loading…

Businesses are refusing to sell the Confederate flag after the shooting that killed nine in South Carolina. Do you agree with their decision?

View Results

Recent Blog Posts

State campground use is up

Doug Hofer, director for the state Division of Parks and Recreation, reported this afternoon that campground use is 8 percent higher year to d…

2 hours ago(0)

MONSTRR

MONSTRR

MONSTRR = monster

9 hours ago(0)

Northern Electric objects to Dakota Access request

Dakota Access, the proposed pipeline that would carry North Dakota crude oil through South Dakota to points beyond where there is processing a…

10 hours ago(0)

Hunters: Reduce turkey take, add SF goose hunt

The written comments provided so far to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission run strongly in favor reducing the fall turkey kill in the B…

10 hours ago(0)

Broader definition of veteran won’t go to statewide vote

Ted Fowler of Aberdeen confirmed this afternoon he wouldn’t be filing the signatures collected on petitions that sought to refer a new state l…

June 30, 2015 7:52 am(0)