Minnehaha County has money problems? Get outta here!

Don’t believe the county has money problems, take a tour of the fairgrounds.

Newsflash! Minnehaha County mismanages money!

Minnehaha County’s deepening financial problems are straining relations with the city of Sioux Falls, which partners with the county on key programs.

The county commission’s decision to cut funding to Metro Communications, the museum system and libraries means the city also could cut funding to those programs, albeit reluctantly.

This is nothing new. I have always thought the county has spent money unwisely. Heck, let’s look at their track record.

• They went and bought a homeless shelter without the support of city money. Do I think the shelter is needed? YES! Do I think the county should be going this alone? NO!

• They also allowed money to be embezzled for years from the SE Fair because of very little oversight.

• They bought an ornate fence for the county administration’s parking lot (yeah, we really needed that).

• They bought a military vehicle for the Sheriff’s department (I guess to capture phone booth VL casino robbers easier).

Heck, I could go ON and ON, and I don’t even follow them that closely.

At least the city is taking a cautionary approach. But one wonders WHO the city IS after reading this quote;

“I am not going to push for more co-op agreements until I’m fully confident we’ve got our own ducks in a row the way I want them,” Huether said.

The way YOU want them? Who died and made you king?



#1 Pathloss on 09.12.11 at 5:43 pm

Huether wants all his ducks going into rigged events center contracts. What amazes me is that the city has a 330 million annual budget but only 150K residents. Yes, the county has not spent wisely but I’d say they deserve more of the taxes split. It’s city administration who wear expensive suits.

#2 Pathloss on 09.12.11 at 6:00 pm

Did anyone notice that the last city council meeting was in July and there’s no longer a public comment time? Chancellor Huether is moving us closer and closer toward a full blown dictatorship. Heil Huether.

#3 MC on 09.12.11 at 8:41 pm

I find it odd….
The county is building a homeless shelter,
The city is building an events center.

#4 Joan on 09.12.11 at 8:45 pm

Maybe they should quit worrying about the Sioux Empire Fair and worry more about necessities.

#5 l3wis on 09.12.11 at 11:20 pm

MC – Yeah, isn’t that ironic?

#6 l3wis on 09.13.11 at 8:02 am

In all fairness, the fair makes money, when no one is embezzeling money from it.

#7 cr on 09.13.11 at 2:12 pm

This is off the subject…

but, Pathloss, the Council most certainly has met almost every week, including nine hours of budget hearings and four hours of work sessions (this was in addition to their regularly scheduled weekly meetings!). I know….I’ve been at all of them!

….and this is a part-time job?? (@ $16,579.68 per year)

All of their meetings are listed on the City’s calendar at siouxfalls.org.

I encourage all citizens to attend a Council meeting at Carnegie Townhall…it is quite different than watching it on Channel 16 or on the City’s website. 🙂

#8 john2 on 09.14.11 at 9:23 pm

The problem remains that South Dakota is in lust with government – excessive, expensive, inefficient local government. Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties, along with Sioux Falls, should have 1 consolidat
ed local government (and 1 school district).

#9 l3wis on 09.15.11 at 7:31 am

John, I would agree. I think Lincoln and Minnehaha counties should have merged years ago.