- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) - Voters in the Tripp-Delmont school district have decided to opt out of the state property tax freeze.

About 63 percent of the 608 voters in Tuesday’s election favored exceeding the state property tax limit by as much as $400,000 annually for five years. The opt-out passed in both towns.

School Board President Jeff Kramer says the opt out passage not only funds the district but also provides needed time to make better long-range decisions. The school’s enrollment has dropped 52 percent in the past 16 years.

The opt out will cost the owner of a $100,000 house an additional $47 per year in taxes.

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