by Julie Ann Madden
When asked if they expected any population growth in Union County, Commissioner Ross Jordan responded the county “anticipates slowing growth.”
“Really slower than where we have been,” said Jordan, at their Dec. 27 meeting time with District No. 16 Representatives Jim Bolin and Patty Miller. “We’ve had really great growth the past 10 years.”
“Unless you see some development or something,” said Karpen.
“The one really on the table has been put on hold completely,” said Jordan. “Dakota Dunes is almost filled out.”
“The Dunes was the last, greatest rush,” said Karpen. “We must have added 3,000 people to the county with that alone. If we wouldn’t have had that, yes, the other small towns have added some but I don’t foresee anything to the level the Dunes was.”
“The only project was the Dunham’s additional project in North Sioux City and that has really hit a brick wall,” said Jordan. “So, I don’t see that picking up this year either.”
“I haven’t seen anything on the radar — okay, a hundred people (in the cities) but I’m not seeing a couple thousand people,” said Karpen.
“Unfunded mandates are difficult for us,” said Jordan, mentioning the need for funding help with 9-1-1 mandates. “We don’t have any excess revenue.”
“Keep us informed,” said Bolin, who presented an update on where he felt the legislature was at this moment with the looming fiscal cliff.
“My whole agenda, even in getting elected, is just to have this state and this country run the way it was designed to run: of the people, for the people, by the people, we the people,” said Miller. “I’m a constitutional Declaration of Independence girl and I love South Dakota. South Dakota is the wild west.”
She wants to see “less bills and better bills” brought before the legislature…” so many things don’t pertain to today,” she said. “I like the process.”
“We do have to look at what’s coming down the road,” she said. “I don’t think the federal government’s going to be funding things forever.”
“If we all decide constitutionally not to raise the tax base in this state, then have to go to different resources for funds,” said Miller, who was in favor of increasing fees such as the license plate fee.
“If you want services, you have to pay for them,” said Karpen. “I’d like to get the federal government totally out of our pocket so that means we have to raise taxes.”
“Or bring in business so we can have a big tax base,” said Miller.
“Or raise taxes,” said Karpen.
State Senator Dan Lederman was unable to attend due to illness, said Miller.