- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Rapid City school board president says now that voters have rejected proposed property tax hike they should expect cuts to programs and staff.

Rapid City Area Board of Education President Jim Hansen tells KELO-TV (https://bit.ly/1JMcLqM ) budget cuts are now the only option after voters shot down a measure on June 2 to opt out of the state-mandated property tax freeze. The measure would have generated about $6 million in increased property taxes.

Hansen and other supporters of the tax increases say they now expect those who opposed the opt out to present meaningful alternatives.

State Rep. Lynne DiSanto of Rapid City says opponents want to look at all options, not just a tax hike. She says she expects education to be a priority in the 2016 legislative session.

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