PIERRE – Ryan Brunner, state government’s commissioner of school and public lands, wants to trade 58.5 acres of public lands that South Dakota owns in rural Hand and Spink counties for 7.5 acres of private property listed for sale in Huron next to the State Fair.
The state Department of Agriculture currently pays $2,500 per year to lease the Huron property. Livestock trailers and carnival trailers park there during events at the fairgrounds.
The Huron parcel at the fair’s southeast corner is valued at $104,900. The state lands are appraised at $117,366.03.
The trade would generate $12,446.03 of cash for state government.
Brunner said it would be invested in the state trust fund for K-12 public schools. His office also would receive $2,500 annually by taking over the Huron lease. The state parcels involved in the trade currently lease for $612.50.
He said an additional potential benefit is the state Department of Agriculture wouldn’t need to look to lease another area near the fair site.
His office has an option on the Huron land owned by Azkota Investments Inc. The secretary of state issued a certificate of administrative dissolution April 20, 2015, against the Huron-based company for failing to file its annual report when due.
The South Dakota Board of Appraisal considered the proposed transactions at its Sept. 12 meeting. Brunner and Steve Barnett, state government’s auditor, comprise the board.
Brunner said the exchange could be performed after a public hearing and needs the governor’s approval. He said the public hearings are Oct. 11.
The hearings are one hour each, starting at 9 a.m. CT at the Hand County Courthouse in Miller; 11:30 a.m. CT at the Spink County Courthouse in Redfield; and 2 p.m. CT at the Beadle County Courthouse in Huron.
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