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(SD)-Sturgis Rally Tax Collections Up 6%, Vendor Count Down 8%

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/05/2017 10:51 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Revenue says tax collections at last month's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally were 6% higher than last year. The total includes state and muncipal sales taxes, municipal gross receipts taxes, and tourism taxes.

       As of Friday, $1.26-million dollars in taxes had been collected so far from temporary vendors at the Rally including $716,000 in state sales tax compared to $1.19-million overall and $675,000 in state sales tax by Sept 1st a year ago.

     The increase in tax revenue came despite the fact that there were fewer vendors in the Black Hills area during the Rally...1,059 compared to 1,153 last year.

       Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach says "the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an important part of South Dakota's tourist season" and his department values its partnerships with local governments, other state agencies, and the vendors at the rally that "ensure successful tax collection throughout the Black Hills."

      The Northern Black Hills -- Sturgis and all other communities in Meade and Lawrence counties -- was home to 857 vendors and $970,000 in total tax collected, including $551,000 in state sales tax.

    The Southern Black Hills, an area that includes Rapid City, Custer, Hill City, and Keystone, had 193 temporary vendors with $291,00 in total tax collected and $164,000 of which was state sales tax.


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