Community budget talk set for Nov. 17 in Vermillion

How South Dakota collects and spends money should reflect its citizens' shared values – our consensus about needed public services in our state and how they should be financed.

For many taxpayers, though, the state budget process is confusing. Further, they are not aware of opportunities to take part in the discussion.

USD Department of Political Science and the VCDC Legislative Affairs Committee are co-hosting a lunch and discussion Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Valiant Vineyards, 1500 West Main Street, Vermillion.  The public is invited to take part in a non-partisan budget discussion, learn about state budget basics, and begin a consensus-building discussion. Local legislators will be invited to attend as distinguished listeners.

Topics will include the following:

  • Transparency of budget process,
  •  Opportunities for citizen input to budget process,
  •  Revenue adequacy (are there funds enough to provide basic services?),
  •  Revenue fairness (are taxpayers in similar situations paying equal taxes?),
  •  K-12 services and spending,
  •  Medicaid services and spending (human services, health care, long-term care)
  •  Additional topics of local concern.

The public is invited. A free meal will be served; RSVPs to Ann Breitag, annb@vermillionchamber.com, 605-624-5571 are required by Nov. 11.  Seating is limited.

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