Is Mayor Huether the ‘Bizzaro’ of Mayor Kooiker of RC?

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Don’t be fooled by Bizzaro Huether

Imagine that, a mayor that wants investor transparency when a developer receives public funding and TIF’s. It’s just not our mayor;

I’m puzzled by President’s Plaza’s reaction to simple questions. They’re basically saying ‘give us the public funding and don’t ask questions.”

Asking questions on how the New Market Tax Credit process works is doing due diligence. Let’s remember that this is a public, public, public, private partnership,” Kooiker said,

“Asking questions on how the New Market Tax Credit process works is doing due diligence. Let’s remember that this is a public, public, public, private partnership,” Kooiker said,

The project was first proposed in 2006 and includes $2.8 million in city Vision funds, a downtown lot of city-owned land where the project would sit and a tax increment financing district that the council approved for the project.

“We’re talking millions of dollars in taxpayer funding involved in this project,” the mayor said Saturday. “I’ve been on the record many times as a council member and mayor in support of this project. I believe it’s my responsibility and it’s interesting that such simple questions created such a response. They weren’t even tough questions.”

Remember when the SF city council asked that investors be revealed when developers apply for TIF’s in SF and Q-Tip Smith poo-poo’d the idea. Of course he did, because our mayor or his wife are involved in many of these projects. And while in RC they have a mayor who actually believes in transparency when it comes to publicly funded development projects, our mayor defends his investments.

And in RC the developers play the tired old game of kill the messenger;

“There are a lot of issues with this mayor, and I think in due time, they will be brought to the surface,” (Shafai) he said.

Oldest trick in the book, hope it works out for you Shafai, so far in Sioux Falls, it’s been working for Huether.



7 comments ↓

#1 Lamb Chislic on 12.30.13 at 11:37 am

In light of the EB-5 fiasco, all the more reason for Kooiker to be asking questions. Maybe he should run for governor?

Just imagine if more elected officials used their mouths to ask tough questions instead of kiss ass.

#2 l3wis on 12.30.13 at 11:58 am

I find it ironic that on the West side of the state, developers are trying to keep a mayor from asking investor questions, and on the East side of the state, a mayor’s administration is protecting the developer’s right to secrecy. And who is the Democrat and who is the Republican? Funny.

#3 LJl on 12.30.13 at 3:03 pm

Ohh you beat me to that punch.

How dare they ask where the money goes?

Kinda like screaming “Solient green is made of people”

#4 commander on 12.30.13 at 5:15 pm

subprime Mike doesn’t represent the working class only the rich class.

#5 commander on 12.30.13 at 5:15 pm

subprime Mike doesn’t represent the working class only the rich class.

#6 John on 12.30.13 at 8:26 pm

It only a few hours for the weak kneed, Ron Burgundy-esque Rapid City Journal to pull the story and references to it from its website. On with the New Years puff-pieces!

#7 Detroit Lewis on 12.30.13 at 9:09 pm

It’s still there. You must have an issue with your web browser.

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