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Sturgis council hears budget proposal, pot ordinance

Sturgis council hears budget proposal, pot ordinance

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The Sturgis City Council approved the first reading Monday of the city's budget for the 2022 fiscal year budget and also heard two amendments related to the city's medical marijuana ordinance.

The city council unanimously approved the first reading of the municipal budget. In total, the city is budgeting $27,432,110 for municipal government. Public Works would receive the bulk of funding at $5,659,081 followed by General Government at $4,144,626.

Public Safety would receive $3,823,340 under the proposal and the city's liquor store would receive $2,998,803 as an appropriation for operations. Capital improvement projects would receive $2,980,977 followed by $2,847,394 towards the city's debt service. Culture and recreation projects would receive $1,976,261.

Other city functions would receive a combined $2,042,085 for equipment replacement, economic development, capital reserves and transfers.

In other business, the city council also approved the first readings of two ordinance amendments dealing with zoning and licensing requirements as well as procedures for medical marijuana establishments within the city limits.

The ordinance set the application fee at $7,500 annually for any cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing, or dispensing facilities, and set a cap of four licenses for marijuana dispensaries. Licenses for cultivation, manufacturing and testing establishments would not have a cap.

The zoning ordinance would authorize cannabis growing and manufacturing operations to industrial areas only. Testing and retail operations would be allowed in commercial zones.

The zoning ordinance amendment states that no cannabis dispensary may operate within 200 feet of a residential zone within the city, and no cannabis dispensary may operate within 1,000 feet of another cannabis dispensary.

Both the 2022 budget and the two marijuana ordinance amendments will receive their second reading at the Sept. 7 city council meeting.

Contact Nathan Thompson at nathan.thompson@rapidcityjournal.com.

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