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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) — The City of Rapid City has released a record total of building permit assessments for 2021.

The previous record was set in 2019, and this year’s numbers beat it by more than $60 million.

The majority of assessments were made up of single-family homes and apartment complexes.

Darrell Shoemaker, communications coordinator for Rapid City, believes it’s because of current housing needs in the community, which are increasing with population growth.

He says that ten years ago, numbers like this didn’t seem achievable.

“About ten years ago, we crossed the 200 million threshold and we thought, ‘Well, this is the perfect time to celebrate, we’ll never reach 300’. Then there are five or six years we hit 300 million. I never looked back except last year which was COVID and we were always happy with those numbers because we always got to 275 million. Then, ” Shoemaker explained, “We’ve bounced back this year to just under 400 million.”

Shoemaker added that the sales tax trend is also continuing, leading him to believe that when people come here, they stay and are part of the economy.

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