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South Dakota Measure 8, Repeal of the Telecommunication Tax (2006)

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Initiated Measure 8 was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in South Dakota as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1]

Election results

South Dakota Measure 8 (2006)
Defeatedd No199,89260.62%
Yes 129,851 39.38%

Election Results via: South Dakota Secretary of State

Ballot wording

State laws impose a four percent tax on the gross receipts of companies providing wireless telecommunications (cell phone) services instead of a property tax.

Last year the State received approximately eight and one-half million dollars ($8,500,000.00) from the cell phone tax. Forty percent (40%) of these revenues are distributed to counties based on population; the balance goes to the State.

The proposed law would repeal this tax, and eliminate this source of revenue.[2]

Campaign finance

Donors for the measure for the measure:[3]

  • South Dakotans Against Double Taxation: $971,658
  • Cellco Partnership: $708,786
  • $125,271
  • National Taxpayers Union Ballot Committee: $354
  • Total: $1,806,070

Donors for the measure against the measure:

  • No on 8 Committee: $127,934
  • Total: $127,934
  • Overall Total: $1,934,004

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