Rotary program gives background on 3B tax

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By Peg Wunder

Jesse Konold presented the program for Rotary, Monday, April 22, which he introduced as “Free Stuff from Taxes,” informing Rotarians about the 3B tax money.
The tax is collected by the State of South Dakota as part of the sales tax. That part is returned to City of Mobridge, which turns it over to the 3B committee to determine how it gets dispersed to various organizations. At their regular monthly meeting last month, several guests present commented that few people know much about the 3B tax and how it can be used.
Konold provided a little background in that the tax was instituted in 2004 and this tax is on food, liquor and lodging. State law defines what this money can be used for. Thirty percent of the money coming back to Mobridge goes to the economic development committee; and 10 percent goes into the reserve fund, which can go for bigger projects in the community. The remaining 60 percent goes to the 3B committee, which disburses it to various organizations that are putting on events. The concept is to assist the organizations in promoting events that will bring people to town. He noted that the 3B committee is made up of various members of the committee and is not a part of the Chamber of Commerce. Some of the items that have been purchased are: the 3B trailer, the 3B tent, USB drives that are handed out at major events which spotlight Mobridge, funds to be used to attend sports shows, and the ever-changing billboard on the east side of Mobridge. Some of the organizations that have requested and received funds are Beef ‘n Fun, Mobridge Youth Organization, Friends of Scherr-Howe, the ice fishing contest and the powwow. Each year for the next 10 years the 3B committee will give $8,000 to the Swimming Pool Fund from the reserve fund.
A good amount of the funds are used to promote Mobridge statewide and nationwide. All requests have to be for events that will be held in Mobridge. The group meets the first Friday of each month at Pizza Ranch and the meeting is open for anyone to attend. Per the state statute that covers the collection of the 3B money, primarily the money should be used by the various organizations for advertising and publicity. There are several other things the money can be used for. Anyone having questions should contact Michele Harrison, Executive Director of the Chamber.
Sharon Martin reported that next week she will have a report on the money raised through sponsors for the Rotary/Tiger Relays. This money covers the cost of the medals purchased. The meet was cancelled this year due to weather so the medals will be used next year as they are not dated. The medals are very attractive with the Rotary logo on them.
President Harley Overseth reported that a request was received from District 5610 to volunteer to assist in possible disasters in the district. Harley said that he would be the contact person. This idea surfaced a year ago when there was so much flooding and requests were made for people to volunteer to fill sandbags in Pierre.
Overseth reported that Mobridge had a winner in the Foundation drawing held at the PETS Conference. Jan Sayler won a $l00 gift certificate from Schwan’s Foods.
Two weeks ago Tom Collignon suggested that to increase our membership Rotarians should bring guests to our Monday lunch and meetings. This week Jan Sayler’s guests were Jasper and Jessica Singh of Kountry Inn.
Dr. Leonard Linde won the 50/50 pot, which hadn’t had a winner for some time. Next week, April 29, Bingo Kindt is in charge of the program when Rotary meets on Monday at noon at the Moose Lodge.

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