Sioux Falls Planning Director Cooper gets openly laughed at, at annex meeting

During Mike Cooper’s presentation he said that the city doesn’t annex people to take in more municipal property taxes, and almost the entire crowd in attendance laughed out loud. After chair Kiley calmed the crowd down, Cooper did admit they do collect more property taxes, but that wasn’t the purpose. Wink, wink, nod, nod.

One of the other members of the task force gets applauded because she believes the city benefits from annexation for certain aspects, like curb and gutter and sidewalks, so they should pay for those things.

Mr. Davis, another task force member suggested some OUTSIDE experts should also be making some recommendations besides city staff so there is a compromise. Councilor Selberg agreed that it was a good idea.

More meetings will be added to the agenda in the future.



4 comments ↓

#1 Mike Kokenge on 06.15.17 at 8:04 am

This was an example of people power. John Brown and Josie Alpers, both from Splitrock, rocked the house with thoughtout presentations. I was prepared to comment on a bar graph cooper had shown earlier that reflected water rates, and what a great deal city water is. What he failed to mention in his graph is the majority of surrounding water rates are high because the city sells it to them high. We pay $7.10 per thousand gallons, while city users pay $4.20 per thousand. Josie brought up my talking point though. Josie went on to just clobber the whole annexation process.

Bruce, when you get this one up, I will be watching it, even though I was there. Well worth it.

#2 The D@ily Spin on 06.15.17 at 9:37 am

I caught the contemptuous sneer from Cooper the night I gave the presentation about Events Center siding and several times since. He believes what he states is the law according to Jesus Snowplows. He caught my sneer one night when he presented a million dollar patio with 2 stick trees and one bench along the river greenway. I feel anything he offers is suspicious and another con. He got laughed down and deserved it. If it’s time to nickname corrupt city officials, he’s Pinocchio.

#3 matt johnson on 06.16.17 at 11:45 am

the mayor was out bragging again yesterday about code enforcement and being “good neighbors”. should you be unfortunate enough to own property next to city property you can see what “good neighbors” they are- they don’t have to mow their property and you can see that all over town

#4 The D@ily Spin on 06.16.17 at 4:21 pm

For code enforcement, the city is looking for snitches. Don’t do it, they’re using you so they’re not named defendant in a lawsuit. You’ll get cursed by your neighbors. Code enforcers are to lazy to leave cushy offices and get out into the public looking for violations. They’ll sacrifice you so their whole day can be coffee breaks and donuts.

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