- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s bustling oil patch has opportunities and lessons for the Sioux Falls area, the mayor of South Dakota’s largest city said.

Mike Huether traveled to the oil patch hub of Williston this week along with city Planning Director Mike Cooper to get a firsthand look at the boomtown. Williston’s population has doubled since 2010, to an estimated 30,000 people, and the city’s physical size has tripled through annexation.

“I thought that was very intriguing,” Huether said. “Here the folks in the county say they are burdened with the boomtown of Sioux Falls.”

The use of local sales tax revenue to fund costs in Williston and surrounding Williams County associated with the rapid growth could be a lesson for Sioux Falls and surrounding Minnehaha County, according to Huether. South Dakota currently has no provision for counties to levy sales taxes, according to the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1u3l4GH ).

“If you are in a booming municipality and you are going to keep up with growth, you have got to realize it does not come for free. North Dakota is more flexible,” Huether said.

The mayor also said that more South Dakota companies can capitalize on the North Dakota boom by expanding there.

“I do know Sioux Falls and South Dakota companies are leveraging the boom in a great way,” he said, urging other businesses to investigate. “Get there as soon as you can.”


Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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