South Dakota purchases new plane under budget, returns savings to General Fund

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2015 King Air 350

2015 King Air 350

PIERRE, S.D. — The State of South Dakota has purchased a new plane and sent more than $3 million in savings back to the General Fund.

The state legislature approved $5 million for a new plane during the 2021 session, which, when combined with the profit from the sale of two other state aircraft, gave the administration a nearly $8 million budget.

The 2015 King Air 350 cost the state $4.7 million, sending $3.31 million back to the State’s General Fund.

“It’s our duty to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, so my goal from the beginning was to purchase the best plane for the state’s needs at the most affordable cost. We achieved that,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “This plane is newer, safer, and will save the taxpayers money in the long run in maintenance costs.”

The State says purchasing a newer plane will save “at least” $1.5 million in “pending maintenance costs” on the two planes already sold. Those planes were a King Air 200, sold for $1.81 million, and a King Air 90 for $1.24 million.

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