South Dakota Sales Tax Increase Petitions Submitted

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant just announced that officials from the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) and the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations (SDAHO) appeared at his office today to turn in petitions for a measure to place a one percent sales tax increase on the ballot, with the purpose of the additional funds raised by the tax increase to go towards education and Medicaid. The measure is described in its title as “an initiated measure to increase state general sales and use taxes for additional K-12 public education and Medicaid funding.”

Gant noted, “The petition circulators estimated that they were submitting over 33,000 signatures to refer the measure to a vote at the next General Election. The process now is to validate the measure for the ballot which will involve checking signatures and verifications, including a mandatory audit of 5% of the signatures. 33,000 total signatures would require us to validate roughly 1,650 signatures as part of the audit. A minimum of 15,855 valid signatures are required to place the measure on the November 2012 General Election ballot.”

Gant said, “Today marks the final deadline for any initiated measures to be submitted to my office. As of today, the only citizen initiated measures set for the 2012 ballot are the HB 1230 referred law measure, which completed petitioning in June and will appear on the ballot as Referred Law 14. And, if today’s measure successfully completes our signature review, it will be designated as Initiated Measure 15. ”

As a nod to the social media technologies that the Secretary of State’s office has embraced, petitions can be monitored via Twitter. “Our office will be keeping people up to date on our review of the initiated measure petitions through our Twitter account @SOSGant. By going to twitter.com, and following us, they’ll have the most current information on where we are in the process.”

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