Wednesday, May 02, 2007

South Dakota County may weigh in on campgrounds issue

RAPID CITY - Though it frowned on reducing private campgrounds' property taxes last month, the Pennington County Commission is considering whether to offer its two cents on proposed improvements to Custer State Park campgrounds.

Private campgrounds oppose a plan to extend electricity to 300 of 357 campsites in the state park and the addition of 50 rustic cabins because, they say, it would put the park's campgrounds into direct competition with the private sector.

Al Johnson, who owns two campgrounds in Pennington County at Palmer Gulch near the state park, said the proposed park improvements impact business opportunities for private campgrounds such as his.

Commissioner Gale Holbrook said the commission might consider passing a resolution supporting the private campground owners but he needs more information before making a decision.
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