Of course, I couldn’t watch the meeting online, because the city’s central services still haven’t figure out how to fix the live feed with the meetings, big surprise. Either way, I was able to read all the PP/PDF presentations. Here’s a few that caught my eye.

So why is it that our city’s turnover rate jumped almost 6 points in one year? Could it be employees not happy with management?


Why does the Pavilion suck so much of this ‘slush’ fund?




I’m ALL for public safety and paying our firefighters well, but one has to wonder the ratio of personnel VS. operating expenses. WOW!




8 Thoughts on “Sioux Falls City Council, 1st Budget Hearing for 2016

  1. Wasn’t 2014 when the new sick leave stipend kicked in? I think many employees were delaying retiring who were eligible in 2012 and 2013 so they could bump up their pensions to even higher levels.

    Nice job huether! way to claim you reduced pensions. It must have been a hell of a reduction if that many people were willing to delay their retirement to get in under the new plan.

  2. The Daily Spin on August 4, 2015 at 8:15 pm said:

    The turnover rate is firemen dismissed because they didn’t buy lots at Fire Chief Lake.

  3. The Daily Spin on August 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm said:

    5 million for the Bazillion isn’t bad. It’s hardly a mayor comp for an indoor pool contract.

  4. The Daily Spin on August 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm said:

    The only way the Orpheum will ever be productive is on fire and used for fire department drills.

  5. enough of Shape Places and MMM legacy on August 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm said:

    I suppose you can call it Socialism. And have you seen the equipment they have, there is not a spec of rust or dirt on anything, its all brand new, even the cool 4x4utes and trailers they use for emergencies, top of the line and all options installed. Don’t forget you have the Fire Dept trying to beat the ambulance to each call, then why have the single source high price ambulance service. Give the funds to the Fire Dept who can take care of it, and they could buy a new ambulance each year.

  6. The Daily Spin on August 4, 2015 at 10:24 pm said:

    I suspect city employees have discovered this mayor could put the city in default. Paychecks stop with retirements forfeited. A third live outside city limits. No voting power. If a better job comes along, take it.

  7. The Daily Spin on August 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm said:

    Whoa!! Huether almost snuck this in. New hires will be replacement employees. See chart. He’s selling it as growth and need when it’s (in fact) replacements. Result, same expense but (surprise) more budget he’ll label cost savings. Then, another elite private indoor something.

  8. rufusx on August 6, 2015 at 1:04 pm said:

    Personnel expenses include things like pensions, health insurance, disability insurance, etc. Personnel related costs are typically the singe highest expense in ANY organization. No biggy here.

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