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Vision Fund Citizen Committee

2021 Vision Fund Project Application

Public Proposal Submission Deadline:  *Deadline extended to August 20th, 2021*

VISION ACCOUNT

The City Council shall by resolution adopt a plan for projects or programs to be funded, in whole or in part, from the Vision Account. No portion of the Vision Account shall be used to fund any project or program not included in the plan. All projects included in the plan shall be located within the City Limits of Rapid City or benefit the City as a whole.

The City Council may use the Vision Account to finance buildings, facilities, infrastructure or other capital projects, but may not use the Vision Account to finance ongoing maintenance and operational expenses of the various City departments, or of any buildings and/or facilities included in the plan. The City Council shall be authorized to issue revenue bonds to be paid from the Fund in order to finance the projects contained in the plan. The Vision Account may be used to fund the operational expenses of economic development projects or programs.

A 2016 ordinance revision removed the 5-year plan stipulation and sets forth each new plan-period be left to the discretion of the Council to be set prior to solicitation of projects.

On May 17, 2021 Council authorized the solicitation of potential projects from the public for the next round of projects to be funded out of the Vision account, providing an anticipated $24 million in Vision Fund revenue available for projects, and setting a three-year project period. 

NUMBER OF MEMBERS
 
9 voting members, 2 alternates, 2 Youth City Council liaisons 

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS

Committee members must be citizens of Rapid City.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

The purpose of the Vision Fund Citizen Committe is to accept and take comments on potential community Vision Account projects for recommendation to City Council in support of projects that accomplish the City’s long-term goals and values. 3.16.090B.2.

CITIZEN COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

W. Kevin Maher - Committee Chair
Jim Keck
William Spindle
Beth Keeney
Marta Olson-Rangitsch
Kevin Crosby
James Haar
Kim Morsching
Christine Stephenson
Jennifer Rice - Alternate
Al Rodriguez - Alternate

PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Citizen Committee will invite all applicants to present their projects at a public hearing for the purpose of taking comment on and discussing each project proposal.

CITIZEN COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

The Citizen Committee will present final recommendations to the City Council in support of community projects that best align with the City's long term goals and values. 

The Mayor and a City leadership team will present a list of City projects for consideration to Council at this same meeting. The Council will then take both City and community projects into consideration as they assess the needs of the City, and will take all funds and projects being undertaken to ensure that Vision Funds are allocated towards projects that best accomplish the City's long term goals and priorities.

 Please contact the Mayor's Office if you have questions we can assist with.
Mayor's Office
300 Sixth Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
605-394-4110
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ITEMS FROM PREVIOUS VISION FUND ROUNDS

pdf 2018 Community Projects (189 KB)

pdf Public Hearing Schedule (104 KB)

Public Hearings held December 18, 2018

2 p.m. Public Hearing Video
6 p.m. Public Hearing Video

Public Hearings held December 20, 2018

2 p.m. Public Hearing Video
6 p.m. Public Hearing Video

PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS

pdf 2019 Citizen Committee Project Recommendations (116 KB)

pdf 2019 City Council Vision Fund Allocation Summary (99 KB)

ADDITIONAL RELATED INFORMATION

3.16090 Rapid City Capital Improvements and Vision Fund
pdf HISTORY OF VISION FUND PROJECTS (84 KB)
Rapid City Comprehensive Plan