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Tax freeze on dwellings for senior citizens
An employee for the office of Hutchinson County Treasurer will be available on the following dates to assist the elderly and disabled persons in completing applications for tax freeze on assessments of dwellings of disabled and senior citizens.
Applications will be taken Tuesday and Thursday for one-half day in each town.
Tuesday morning, March 11, 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Tripp, New Fire Hall
Tuesday afternoon, March 11, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Parkston, City Library
Thursday morning, March 13, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Freeman, City Hall
Thursday afternoon, March 13, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Menno, City Hall
To apply for the tax freeze the following are required:
1. A copy of the SSA-1099 form showing the total amount of Social Security payments in 2002.
2. A list of all income received during 2002 or a copy of the Federal Adjusted Gross Income Form 1040.
3. This year's income guidelines have been raised. Tax freeze applicants must have had an income of less than $15,462.44 if living along or a combined income of not more than $19,328.03 for a household.
4. Applicant must have been either 65 or older on January 1, 2003, or disabled for all or part of the year.
5. Applicant must have lived in their single family dwelling for at least 200 days of previous calendar year.
Applications must be made on an annual basis on or before April 1, 2003.

Legislature will not tell SDSU to stay D-II
TARA BORDEWYK/Community News Service Reporter

A Senate committee rejected a resolution Feb. 26 that would express the Legislature’s disapproval of South Dakota State University’s move to Division I athletics.
The Senate concurrent resolution proposed by State Sen. Frank Kloucek, D-Scotland, would not approve of SDSU’s plans to move to Division 1. It was an expression of concerns opponents of the switch have about the change. Brief testimony was heard from the senator and one opponent, Tad Perry, from the South Dakota Board of Regents. Perry said the board has laid out the guidelines for moving to DI, and the decision is now left to the university.
Kloucek, an alumnus of SDSU, said many students and alumni do not favor the move and would prefer SDSU stay in Division II. The resolution stated several reasons for SDSU to stay Division II.
— Traditional rivalries have been established with the University of South Dakota and Augustana College. Those schools are not making the switch to DI.
— Transportation costs could increase when teams travel farther to play other D-I schools.
— A four-year classification period would exclude SDSU from post-season play, possibly reducing the fan base and game attendance.
— There are no suitable conferences for SDSU to join.
— The increased costs of D1 status could become a burden to the school and state if no alumni or private donors can supply the necessary funding.
— Fewer South Dakota students would have the opportunity to participate in SDSU athletics if the school moves to Division 1.
The resolution urged SDSU to place students and academic standards at a higher priority than athletic activities.
A concurrent resolution expresses an opinion of the Legislature. It carries no force of law.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-0 to defer the resolution to the 41st day. There are 40 days in the current legislative session.


Rounds
Get on the bus
Gov. Mike Rounds signs a bill that will allow public schools to bus private students as, from left to right, Rep. Burdette Solum, R-Watertown, Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls and Rep. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown, look on. The bill was introduced and passed into law in one week because schools were alerted two weeks ago that they would not be able to bus private students and keep insurance coverage. An emergency
clause attached to the bill makes it effective immediately. (CNS Photo)

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