Rapid City Council approves property tax hike to maintain city services

Some residents may be in for some sticker shock. The Rapid City Council has approved a 1.5 percent property tax hike that will bring an additional $225,000 into the city's coffers.

Some members argued at their meeting Tuesday night that the increase was needed so the city could maintain current services. Council member Jerry Wright says the city needs to keep up with the cost of inflation in order to keep city services running.

But not everyone has been in agreement. Council member Steve Laurenti says he could not support raising taxes, because there has not been a case made to justify the increase.