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South Dakota May Hike Campground Fees

January 8, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

South Dakota campgrounds would get hit in a number of ways as the state government looks to raise fees to businesses to help solve its financial budget shortfall.
The administration of Gov. Mike Rounds is lobbying for five pieces of legislation that will come before the state Legislature this year, according to The Aberdeen (S.D.) American News. Among them:

  • The state Department of Health wants the Legislature to increase the application and licensing fees for motels, hotels, other lodging establishments, campgrounds, restaurants, other food-service businesses, resorts, water parks and other water-recreation facilities. The plan also calls for the businesses to pay $25 for each inspection conducted at the business by the Health Department; lodging establishments and campgrounds are inspected annually, with two inspections required annually for food establishments.
  • The state Department of Revenue and Regulation wants the Legislature to double the annual licensing fees for coin-operated wash machines and driers.
    More fee-increase legislation is still expected, including in the environmental area and in filing fees for businesses.
    The widespread increases sought by the Rounds administration as a response to state government’s financial difficulties go so far as to ask convicted criminals to pay more for their supervision when they are released from prison on parole.

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