March 3, 2024

TOWNSHIPS

Hand County Townships

Alden, Alpha, Bates, Burdette, Campbell, Carlton, Cedar, Como, Fairview**, Florence, Gilbert, Glendale, Grand, Greenleaf, Harrison*, Hiland, Holden, Howell**, Hulbert, Linn, Logan, Midland, Miller, Mondamin, Ohio, Ontario, Park, Pearl, Plato, Pleasant Valley, Ree Heights**, Riverside, Rock Dale, Rose Hill, Saint Lawrence, Spring**, Spring Hill, Spring Lake, Wheaton, York.

Townships with * denote current unorganized townships.

Townships with ** denote townships formed in 2023.


Welcome to the Hand County Township page, hosted by the Hand County Auditor’s Office with content from the Director of Equalization.

You may “skip” to a specific page by following these links:

  • 2nd Annual (revival) of the Township Workshop held on February 26, 2024 in the Hand County Courtroom.
  • The video of the two-hour meeting is found on the Auditor’s YouTube page or at this Video link.

Township Meetings:

  • If you are a township clerk, click this link to go to “your page“.  Here you fill find the documents you need for the upcoming meetings in February and the Annual Meeting on March 5th.
  • If you are the township treasurer, click this link to go to “your page“.  Here you fill find the worksheets for completing your financial reports.  Please note the forms are those prescribed by the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit.

Legal Notices published by the county for the townships:

Laws that Govern townships in South Dakota

  • South Dakota Legislative Research Council Title 8

Contacting the county:

Records Retention for Townships

  • What to keep, what can be destroyed and when?
  • Click this link to visit the Records Retention and Destruction Schedule published by the Bureau of Administration.

System of Award Management

South Dakota Sales and Use Tax

  • Townships are exempt from paying sales tax.
  • Townships are not exempt from paying excise tax.
  • Townships that sell things will need to charge sales tax.
  • Townships that perform services may need to charge excise tax.
  • Call: (800) 829-9188 or visit https://dor.sd.gov/ to find out the particulars of how this works.

This may sound complicated but once you get your sales tax exemption certificate, it is as easy as making a phone call.  I do it almost every week at the county.  They are very helpful.

South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program :  “The South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program (SDLTAP) translates the latest highway and bridge technology into understandable terms for local government entities throughout the state. In linking transportation technology and local government, SDLTAP keeps local government officials informed about new publications, techniques and training opportunities that may benefit their communities.”

Check out their website and give them a call.  They might have a solution for your roadway problems.


09-15-2023:  Plans are underway to hold the second annual Hand County township workshop for township clerks, treasurers, and supervisors.  We hope to have a representative from the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships and other valuable speakers who can make managing a township easier.

We will be working on a date in late January or early February so watch for future announcements.


 

2023 Planning for 2024

Looking for your EMPLOYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (EIN) for the IRS?  The SS-4 form is your tool.  If your township does not have an EIN you can apply for one using this form.  Click Form SS-4 (Rev. December 2019) (irs.gov) to be directed to the form.  Read page 2 before completing page 1.

Other places to locate a missing EIN for your township?  Your bank or insurance provider.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) recovery funds will require townships to have a SAM (System for Award Management) profile and number.  Visit https://sam.gov/ and press the “Get Started” button.


Assessor Township Board Information
2023 Schedule 
    • Local Board of Equalization
      March 16 – last day for taxpayer to file written appeal with clerk of local board
      March 20 – local board begins
      March 24 – local board ends
      March 27 – board must return assessment book to Director of Equalization
      April 1 – last day to send written notice of board’s decision to each appellant.
      Township Minutes Form
      2023 Township letter


2022 Information Payable 2023

2022 Rural Access Infrastructure Grant information:

On July 27, 2022 the county received $295,538.80 from the South Dakota Department of Transportation.  The use of the funds are governed by South Dakota Codified Law Chapter 31-34 which can be accessed by clicking this link:  https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes?Statute=31-34

It is well advised that township boards read the statutes very carefully before assuming that they can apply for the funds.  Township eligibility is outlined in 31-34-6 and 31-34-7.  Not all Hand County townships are eligible at this time.

The county is also able to apply for these funds to cover eligible projects in the unincorporated townships of which there are five.

The best source of information is through your membership to the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships, their website is:  http://sdtownships.com/

Application deadline is October 31, 2022 so act now so your not scrambling later.

Online structure map provided by the state of South Dakota:  Link Here


RURAL ACCESS INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

2022 Rural Access Infrastructure Grant information: On July 27, 2022 the county received $295,538.80 from the South Dakota Department of Transportation.  The use of the funds are governed by South Dakota Codified Law Chapter 31-34 which can be accessed by clicking this link:  https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes?Statute=31-34

It is well advised that township boards read the statutes very carefully before assuming that they can apply for the funds.  Township eligibility is outlined in 31-34-6 and 31-34-7.  Not all Hand County townships are eligible at this time.

The county is also able to apply for these funds to cover eligible projects in the unincorporated townships of which there are five.

The best source of information is through your membership to the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships, their website is:  http://sdtownships.com/

Application deadline was October 31, 2022..  Grants were awarded in January 2023.

Online structure map provided by the state of South Dakota:  Link Here


The Rural Access Infrastructure Fund (RAIF) is a program created by South Dakota House Bill 1259.  Entitled: “An Act to make an appropriation for rural access infrastructure improvement”

The state has provided some valuable tools to help townships navigate through this program and create the data that needed to secure funding for waterway structures that are 20′ (the size as which the county becomes responsible) or less, down to an opening of 16 square feet.

Please take the time to look over this information because all of it is important to understanding the program.  There are two sources to acquire information, the first being:

The South Dakota Association of County Commissioners.  On the “Highway Superintendent” page the following links are available for you to view and download:

The South Dakota Association of Towns & Townships.  On the home page.