Buffalo Chip: New in South Dakota
- Dec 9, 2015 | Gail Cole
Buffalo Chip is not what you think it is. It’s the newest municipality in South Dakota, created by bikers for bikers in May 2015, when the 43 people with Buffalo Chip campground addresses unanimously voted in favor of incorporation. Now its infancy stage is over — it’s time for Buffalo Chip to grow up.
The Buffalo Chip Town Board decided to implement a local sales tax beginning January 1, 2016. It is, according to Daymon Woodruff, interim president of the new town’s board of trustees, “a fiscally responsible way to pay for the standard operational and infrastructural expenses that all towns incur, including public notice publishing, comprehensive plan development, town attorney and other normative town expenses” (Rapid City Journal).
The 2% local sales tax will be in addition to the state rate of 4%. Currently, there aren’t many businesses in Buffalo Chip; the tax will be collected by the Buffalo Chip Campground and businesses that pop up during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Buffalo Chip is 6 miles east of Sturgis.