Rapid City officials seek to get rid of runoff elections

RAPID CITY, SD — Rapid City officials are looking to save time and money by getting rid of runoff elections.

The city’s Legal & Finance Committee voted to repeal runoff elections for local elections.

City officials estimate each runoff election costs around $25,000.

In the past 10 years there have been nine runoff elections. That’s almost a quarter of a million dollars spent, and the results of those didn’t change any of the outcomes.

The city says it will save money in the long run.

“We try to look at taxpayer savings as being a positive thing we try to do that whenever we can.” said Assistant City Attorney Kinsley Groote, “This will remove something that looks like it is not changing any results.”

The ordinance now moves onto the full city council.

Categories: Local News, Politics & Elections, South Dakota News

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