City Resolutions

A "resolution" is any determination, decision, or direction of the governing body of a municipality of a temporary or special character for the purpose of initiating, effecting, or carrying out its administrative duties and functions. (SDCL 9-19-1) In the case of State ex rel. Wagner v. Summers, 33 S.D. 40, 54, 144 N.W. 730, 734 (1913) the Court ruled that the terms "resolution" and "motion" are practically synonymous.

Municipalities use resolutions to set rates, approve plats, declare necessity, declare support of legislation, etc.