Agriculture's impact on Sioux Falls is difficult to measure, according to a report in the Argus Leader.
According to officials the city's two-cent sales taxs brought in $117.3 million in sales tax revenue in 2014. City Finance Director Tracy Turback alleges that agriculture-related taxable sales make up less that one percent of that total.
The 2014 Municipal Tax Report shows $2,655,128,31 in veterinary services for livestock and other livestock services, $796,582.65 in farm machinery and equipment sales, $10,692,057.95 in farm supplies, and $3,690,382.54 in farm and garden machinery and equipment sales under wholesale trade. All of that combined totals just over $17.8 million.
Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Heuther says that he doesn't need to see numbers to know ag's impact on his city. He states that rural South Dakota is coming to the big city all the time to do business.