Fall River County Ranchers hoping state changes how they tax their property

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Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:33 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) -Ranchers in Fall River County are hoping the state will listen to them, on how taxes are levied on their property.

Taxes are currently determined by the types of soil found on the land and the production capability of that land.

However, Bill Kluck -- the former president of the Stock Growers association -- says he has no issues with the taxes being based on soil ... but added that West River ranchers don’t get as much moisture as the eastern side of the state, changing the character of the soil. Instead, he would like to see taxes be handled according to what land actually produces ... and for the state to listen to a study done by an SDSU Agribusiness specialist.

“Dr. Elliot was commissioned by the state and it cost $175,000 and when that study came out. Across Western SD the taxes were twice at what he felt they should be. That was completely ignored because it didn’t comply with what the Department of Revenue and other people in the state wanted,” Bill Kluck, says

Kluck continued saying that profit margins are slim for ag producers, making the matter all the more urgent.

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