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June elections – Follow the Municipal Election Calendar for all election deadlines.

Third Tuesday in June – A municipality may combine its election with a school district and hold the election on the third Tuesday in June. (SDCL 9-13-1.1; See Hdbk., sec. 7.050)

First meeting following election – Except as otherwise provided, every officer of the municipality will begin to discharge the duties of the office as soon as the officer has qualified by filing an oath or affirmation of office. The oath must be filed within ten days after the first meeting of the month following the election or appointment. (SDCL 9-14-5; See Hdbk., sec. 5.115)

First meeting following election – Appointed municipal officials are usually appointed. The appointment may be annual, or for an interval determined by the governing body. (SDCL 9-14-3)

First meeting following election – In municipalities having the mayor and common council form of government, the council must elect a president and vice-president for the ensuing year. (SDCL 9-8-7; See Hdbk., sec. 2.520)

First meeting following election – In municipalities governed by a mayor and four commissioners, the board must designate by a majority vote, the following commissioners: Public Safety, Public Works, Utilities, and Finance and Revenue. Commissioners are assigned areas of responsibility under the law. (SDCL 9-9-18 to 9-9-24; See Hdbk., sec. 2.590)

First meeting following election – In municipalities governed by a mayor and two commissioners, the board shall by a resolution adopted by a majority, at the first meeting following the annual election, assign and apportion between the members, all duties that are not assigned to the mayor. (SDCL 9-9-27; See Hdbk., sec. 2.595)

First meeting following election – In those municipalities employing a city manager and under the commissioner form of government, at the first regular meeting in the month following the annual election, the commissioners must elect one of their members to serve as mayor for a term of one year. (SDCL 9-10-6; See Hdbk., sec. 2.615)

Tax levy – The governing body of the municipality may impose an excess tax levy with an affirmative two-thirds vote of the governing body on or before July fifteenth of the year prior to the year the taxes are payable. The decision to increase taxes must be published within 10 days of the decision (certain publication size restrictions apply), and may be referred upon a petition signed by at least five percent of the registered voters in the municipality and filed within twenty days of publication of the decision. The referendum election shall be held on or before October first preceding the year the taxes are payable. (SDCL 10-13-36; See Hdbk., sec. 12.170)

By June 30 – Applications for renewal of licenses for the sale of malt beverages should be filed before the expiration of June 30. (SDCL 35-4-2.5; See Hdbk., sec. 11.465)

By June 30 – All mechanical or electronic amusement devices must be registered. The secretary of revenue shall distribute the registration fee to the municipality in which the device is located. (SDCL 10-58-3 and 10-58-5; See Hdbk., sec. 12.255(7))

No later than July 1 Each municipal governing body shall provide to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, information that will enable emergency agencies to reach the members of the municipal governing board and the mayor at any time, day or night. The information necessary shall include home, business, and other personal telephone numbers including any facsimile transmission machines and cellular or mobile telephone numbers; home, business, and other personal addresses; employer’s name and telephone number; and home, business, and other personal email or internet addresses. In addition, each municipal governing body shall provide contact information for the municipal employees responsible for the following functions if the municipality employs a person in such a capacity: City administrator or city manager; Building inspection; Engineering; Electrical; Fire; Police and law enforcement; Public works; Streets and highways; Sewer and waste water; Water; Telephone; Utilities; Emergency services or civil defense; Coroner; and 911 coordinator. (SDCL 33-15-11.1; 33-15-11.2; See Hdbk., sec. 9.400)

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