Zoo Audit shows some of the monkey business that goes on at city hall

Something interesting came out of the audit. Apparently in 2000 the city council approved a $75,000 loan to the zoo. The loan was due in 2006 and when the zoo wasn’t paying the city issued a $75,000 check to the zoo and a week later the zoo paid the city back. Mind boggling, I know (FF to 24:00 min)

This of course happened during the Munson administration, but it shows how money gets transferred around without city council approval. The audit committee of course disapproved of this for two reasons

1) The loan forgiveness could have been done with a simple journal entry (even a bonehead non-accountant like myself knows that)

2) Since the city council originally approved the loan, they should have approved the forgiveness.

It is pretty obvious why the check was issued, it was to side step council involvement, which brings us to the bigger picture, not being transparent with the public. This went on many times during the Munson administration, in fact, Dave almost got brought up on charges over the 100% over budget approval of Phillips to the Falls.

This is a good example of why the council needs to be more involved with city expenditures, they are our legislative body and they need to be a check and balance against the mayor’s office and ultimately the budget office.

There was other things that came out of the audit, such as the city gifting the zoo the animals (apparently we used to own them) and the zoo not releasing their 990 to the city or the public because they want to protect their donors (which is understandable) but they can provide a 990 w/o the donors listed. My guess is that the zoo is a lot more successful financially then expected and they are trying to hide just how much private money they are bringing in so they can still feed at the city trough. This is unfortunate, because if the zoo can make it on their own two feet (or should I say four) they should. Then I will stop harassing them about monkey crappers.

10 comments ↓

#1 Randall on 04.05.11 at 8:12 am

How much was budgeted for Phillips to the Falls and how much did it end up costing?

…just curious.

#2 l3wis on 04.05.11 at 11:22 am

If my memory serves me correctly it was $1.5 million and in the middle of the night King Dave signed the papers to give them another $1.5 million w/o council approval. He broke city ordinance law because the council should have approved it, but no one on the council had the gonads to bring him up on charges because he quit the mayoral race so the councilors felt that was punishment enough. Then when the smoke cleared he jumped back in. I don’t care what anyone says, Dave was a slippery Pete.

#3 John on 04.05.11 at 1:59 pm

And 90% of Sioux Falls “voters” would vote him back into office!!!

#4 anominous on 04.05.11 at 3:06 pm

They should get one of those plastic gorilla figurine making machines at the zoo again.

#5 l3wis on 04.05.11 at 3:37 pm

I got one when I was a kid. I loved the chemical-petroleum smell that steamed off of it after it popped out of the machine.

#6 Snooki Palin on 04.05.11 at 9:41 pm

The funny part is, Munson couldn’t even tell you where the zoo is. Although, he does know a lot about Phillips to the Falls.

#7 l3wis on 04.06.11 at 1:02 am

Like how it is still sitting empty. That was $3 million well spent while our sewer system was crumbling. But hey, raising rates to fix them makes sense.

#8 Pathloss on 04.10.11 at 9:11 am

With the unconstitutional city charter, Munson created a crime syndicate with he more a ‘Don’ than mayor. Huether’s orders (per his campaign funder) is covering up for Munson yet continuing the tyrany and fraud. His CEO idea for the zoo will be to loan with animals as collateral. Animals we sold, bought, and traded many times. It’s a Ponzi scheme impossible to prevent without a new charter where there’s council checks/balances and citizens have rights and a voice in a government of, by, and for the people.

#9 Pathloss on 04.10.11 at 9:26 am

If you’re a councilman, be ashamed. You’re a coward for not fighting for democracy. Wade across Sioux River excrement and hide in your district so INS will not capture and deport you.

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