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Noem introduces bill to allot funds to federally-connected school districts

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Financial help may be on the way for school districts containing large amounts of federal land.

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem from South Dakota introduced the Local Taxpayer Relief Act.

Many South Dakota school districts are unable to collect enough property taxes due to having large amounts of federally-impacted land in their jurisdiction.

These would typically include military bases and Indian land.

This bipartisan impact aid bill would allot funds from the federal government to make payments to federally-connected districts in a timely manner.

"Some of our school districts in South Dakota have waited years for those payments and it's very difficult to keep the doors open and to educate our students when they don't have the funding that's necessary," said Noem.

Senator John Thune has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Nationally, 1,300 of these impacted school districts educate more than 11 million children.

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