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The Always Affable and Tax Happy Mayor Huether

The little talked about Board of Tax Appeals got interesting last time around, especially when Mike Huether showed up;

I stated my objection to the increase and the mayor put his hand up for me to be quiet. He visited with Kenny Anderson, then asked me what I paid for my condo. I told them, and he visited with Anderson again. He asked me if my condo was the same as the one across the hall. I said, “Yes.” He informed me she paid $202,000. I objected, as her purchase included furniture. I also informed them they couldn’t know the actual cost of the unit because of that. (I later asked her, and she paid $10,000 less).

I started another statement of facts and the mayor raised his hand to quiet me again. He spoke to Anderson, and asked for a vote of the commissioners. All said, “Aye.” I said, “Excuse me, but I would like to know what you decided?” The mayor stated they decreased my assessment $4,000, which will determine my 2017 taxes. I informed the mayor I had owned property in South Dakota for 50 years, and never has the assessed value, the prepaid taxes and realtor fee exceeded the selling price of the property. As usual, the Mayor rudely raised his hand to quiet me.

I would not expect to be treated like that by an elected official. He is obviously more interested in acting important than caring about a voter or her problem.

He cares. About taxing the living crap out of you. Gotta pay for those play things.


A RECORD AT The Huether Tennis Shed!

huether-tennis-recordSeven cars in the parking lot at the same time!!! And there wasn’t even a hockey tournament going on!

Mayor Huether Claims he doesn’t know the new councilors, I do.

Once again, in the weirdo elitist tennis playing club the Mayor lives in, he says he needs to get to know the newly elected councilors. In other words, he needs to meet the people he wasn’t expecting to win. Maybe he should put the same effort into it as one of his directors did yesterday coaching O’Gorman Tennis at McKennan Park in full tennis gear at 5:10 PM. It’s sure nice that Mike lets his 6-Figure directors knock off early on a Tuesday to coach tennis to private school kids. At least he wasn’t guzzling beer at Monks.


The look on Mike’s face during this interview says it all, I’m screwed;

While he was happy with the number of candidates, Huether admits that at first he didn’t know everyone running for City Council. He says more candidates means more effort in getting to know them. Perhaps that’s why we saw such a low voter turnout on Tuesday.

There was a low voter turnout, because city leaders are more concerned about holding press conferences about cleaning up your yard for NCAA basketball tournaments then they are about telling people to vote.

And let’s not act surprised, our research at DaCola showed us this would be a low vote turnout to begin with, historical data doesn’t lie, but salespeople hate history, they only live for today, so Goddammit, why didn’t people vote!

As for encouraging ALL people to vote, I’m not big on that. Uninformed voters tend to stick us with stuff we really don’t need, like a $180 million dollar debt from an Events Center, with 11,000 of those yahoo-voters never showing up to vote again. GOOD! There is nothing scarier then an ignorant voter.

Let’s look at the winners. Obviously two of them I know well, I ran their marketing/graphic design/ and mail coordination campaigns with cameraman Bruce. We also assisted Pat Starr with some various strategies.

Pat Starr I think will be the surprise on the council. He’s sharp, witty, articulate, well informed government nerd. He is also a proud old school Democrat. I think you are going to find that Pat is a bridge builder, and he will strive to form coalitions. He also is well read with local, national and state politics. We have had many great convos over tots and burgers at the Lil Colinga, the voter should be very happy he was elected, he will serve us well.

Greg Neitzert is the encyclopedia of zoning and planning in Sioux Falls. I don’t think Greg will allow the public to be buffaloed by directors on these issues at public meetings. Greg also is a man who loves transparency and integrity, and he is very adamant about it. If we see improvements in lighting some sunshine in city government over the next 4 years, it will probably be because Greg initiated it.

As for ‘Big T’ as I nicknamed her years ago, besides being a dear friend and mother figure to me, she is a fighter, and she will stand up for the little guy, I’m sure the mayor knows who she is.

Joe and Ellis from the AL did some good stories about her, first Ellis;

Since her arrival on the local political scene nearly 10 years ago, Theresa Stehly has savored victory and swallowed bitter defeat.

Last night’s victory for an at-large seat on the Sioux Falls City Council was her biggest win of all. This time, it was a personal triumph over the so-called “establishment,” the well-heeled business and cultural elite that has held Stehly and her followers with varying levels of disdain since the piano teacher emerged from nowhere to defeat an indoor swimming pool planned for her neighborhood.

She ran the superior campaign, focusing her limited resources on targeting the small pool of voters who reliably turn out in local elections rather than blowing money on unfocused television ads, billboards and mass mailings. The targeted mailings she did send out were also superior. They talked about who Stehly is as a person and reminded voters of issues she’s championed over the years, including the ever-popular snowgates.

For once in a city election, the anti-establishment saw a breaking point, but I will also agree with Ellis, if you drive the winning race car, with the winning driver, you will probably win. I felt the needle point strategy was important, not just to save the candidates money, but to prove if you take the time to campaign to those who care, and you are a stellar candidate, you can win.

Theresa also talks about her health scares, as a friend I remember this time well, something I discussed with Theresa in length before she decided to run again. There were some moments when I thought I would be speaking at her funeral instead of guiding her thru another campaign of promise for the average Joe. For the record, I assisted Theresa and Greg as clients of the print shop/direct mailer I work for as their customer service rep. I was paid my employer to assist them as clients.

Sneve also takes a shot at Theresa, this time letting Vern Brown’s sour grapes over Drake Springs squirt all over the pages of the Argus;

Vernon Brown, a former City Council member who ran against Stehly in 2008, said it’s no surprise Paulson played better with voters in affluent neighborhoods like the ones found on the southern outskirts of the city.

“Where John won was in wealthier portions of the city, where they have a stronger interest in quality-of-life issues, parks and things for families,” Brown said.

WOW! I find the irony of Vern’s statement staggering. Vern and his wife come from very humble beginnings, and for Vern to make the statement that ‘us working class’ don’t care about parks and such couldn’t be further from the truth. Just peruse our park system any weekend this summer, the rich and affluent are not overtaking our parks, it is the working and middle class who use this wonderful free service that they truly value.

But then Vern pulls a 180 and admits, there are some things you cannot beat;

“I don’t think endorsements do a ton for local candidates, but in the case of Councilman Staggers endorsing Theresa, he always has a group of people who walk strong – loyal supporters of his.” Brown said. “So in the election with low voter turnout, that plays a big factor.

“John is known in the business community but on the street the average voter doesn’t know him that well. Ten years of being at public input and in the news benefits Theresa.”

The irony of all this is when Vern beat Theresa, the low voter turnout was about the same. And name recognition played to his advantage.

Funny how these things work out.


Attack of the Minion (Dem Forum April 8, 2016)

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Cameraman Bruce and Scott discussion of Sioux Falls voting patterns was interrupted by slanted a question having nothing to do with the topic.

What does the Events Center failures (or successes?), forcing an illegal interference in a pool vote and the waste of federal money on railroad tracks have to do with voting pattern studies?

The WHOLE presentation below

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Hump Day City News Tidbits

• Last night the mayor was the tie-breaker for the administration building. Basically saying the building is a GO and the bonds won’t be taken out until October. What was NOT said was the building can still be stopped. If two current councilors, or two future councilors want a re-vote on the issue before October, that is an option. Depending on who wins on Tuesday, I expect a re-vote on the project.

• The last of Councilor Candidate forums will be on Thursday, 5:30 PM at Carnegie Hall (tomorrow). This is usually the best forum to watch, each group of councilors get an hour to answer questions from the public.

• Theresa’s podcast with John Michael’s FORUM is now online. She was the only AT-Large candidate to be interviewed by John. John says in the podcast he struggled to track down the other two candidates.

• The final candidate financial reports before the election are due tomorrow at 5 PM. Some are up now.

• Carnegie Town Hall will be hosting early voting Saturday morning.

• In other news, Union pensioners plan a protest at Rounds’ Sioux Falls office tomorrow at 2 PM.

Mayor Huether continues to LIE about Aquatic center funding

Even after councilor Jamison nicely asked the finance and parks department to stop peddling the ‘CASH’ payment lie to the public, the Mayor couldn’t resist to put it in his ‘State of the City’ address today. (Full Presentation: Stateofcity)

The money came from the Levee Bond repayment from the Federal government intended to actually pay off the bonds when they come due in a couple of years.

There are so many lies attached to the Aquatic center, what’s the harm in continuing them?


Board of Puppets up for grabs

Can the mayor find anymore brown nosers?

Mayor Mike Huether has announced two upcoming vacancies to the Board of Ethics.

The Board of Ethics initiates, receives, hears, and/or investigates complaints and renders advisory opinions or interpretations with respect to the application of ethics ordinances and Charter provisions of the City of Sioux Falls.

The Board is composed of five members who are appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council. Each member serves a four-year term. The Board holds quarterly meetings, but additional meetings may be necessary if complaints or requests for advisory opinions are filed with the Board.

Interested persons should have a strong commitment to public service and possess balanced judgment, integrity, and professional training or experience that would ensure the ability to deal with complex and sensitive ethics issues.

Integrity, like when the mayor could not walk 100 feet to defend himself?

Mayor’s State of the City Address

It will be this Thursday at 1:30 at Carnegie Hall. This address used to happen AFTER a municipal election, but Mayor Huether has used it to campaign for certain projects. It will be interesting what he says about the upcoming election and if there will be any veiled endorsements.

Guess what Mayor Huether is talking about in this quote

Apocalypse now OR later?

“We have followed the city council’s game plan on this project for a full year and are on the 1-yard line,” said Huether. “I can’t believe that anyone would want to quit the team now, or worse yet, want some other players to step in, in hopes to carry it over the goal line. Sioux Falls wants leadership that plays to the bitter end and plays to win.”

WOW! Sounds dire. What is our fearless (except when it comes to death) leader talking about?

Fixing the 13th most polluted waterway in the U.S.? Nope.

Paying all residents of Sioux Falls a living wage (including city employees)? Nope.

Reducing STDs in the community, and while we are at it, violent crime? Nope.

Filling every pot hole in this town? Nope.

Making sure we become the NCAA tournament capital of the world? He wishes.

Bringing transparency to government? BAHAHAHAHA.

Sorry, folks, you lost at them all. He is talking about a building that city employees may or may not need. A project that could easily be put on hold (thats all the council is asking) for a few more months to a year.

Something that could easily be fixed by terminating one employee, as one South DaCola foot soldier pointed out to me tonight,

“If there is no project, there is no need for a project manager. Fire her and move the engineers out of the basement into her (large) office. Problem solved.”

Probably not that easy, but worth the discussion. Of course, that would mean firing a certain Argus employee who has nothing better to write about to.

Is this press conference about a Hotel or Naysayer’s


Completely confused about the 29 minute naysayer rant. Who were the hotel naysayers? Mike, it’s time to pull up your big kid pants and get over it. You built a POS events center with dented (leaky) siding, and kept the mistake a secret. You stole from the levee repayment fund to build an aquatics center that doesn’t have a hazardous chemical storage plan, and today we find out, the city council finally awakens from their deep sleep and is going to turn down your admin building plan.

Yeah, Yeah, But . . ., Yeah, Yeah, But . . . you did it all with a bevy of lies and secrets, and us naysayers are finally catching up to your tricks.