Trent Fellers, spokesman for the group “Yes to Property Tax Relief,” says signature collection is going quite well.
“I can’t give a ballpark figure because those are numbers we’re holding pretty close to the campaign,” Fellers says, “but what I can tell you is we’re on track and we’re excited about the progress we’ve made and we’re full steam ahead towards that due date in July.”
The deadline to get the signatures is July 5th in order to get the initiative on the ballot this fall.
Fellers says the petition seeks a ballot measure that calls for a refundable property tax credit that’s equal to 50-percent of the property taxes you pay to K-through-12 school districts.
“So, if you’re looking for the dollar amount of the tax credit that you’d get back from the state, just go to your property tax statement from your county treasurer,” Fellers says. “Go down to your school levy, excluding the bonds and any other construction levies they might have and divide by two. That’s the check you’d get back on your state income taxes from the state.”
Fellers says they have support from a number of diverse groups representing agriculture, education, small businesses and individual citizens.
“This isn’t an effort that you do in one city or in one town, this is an effort that you need the entire state to help you out with,” Fellers says. “We’ve been blessed with some really great support from every corner of the state.”
With the state legislature on the brink of adjournment, he says they’ll ramp up the effort to collect signatures. State senators were unable to agree on property tax relief legislation this session.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton