UBER in Sioux Falls (Daily Spin)

Supposedly, the city has come to an agreement with Uber.  One must realize they’re most concerned about lost sales tax revenue.  Doesn’t have anything to do with public transportation.  They got their up front license fees from 20+ cab companies whom I feel sorry for.  There will always be a few cab companies but Uber wipes out most of their business.  Cab companies/drivers will eventually realize the fees and anguish are not worth the endeavor.  The deal with Uber is a flat $1500 per Uber driver(?) without the need for a taxi license.  One college student was interviewed by KSFY.  He stated he could use the extra $20 after his busy class schedule.  Uh, $20 with $1500 up front takes a long time to justify. Uber was after operations and would agree to anything up front.  The $1500 will disappear because it’s not a license nor is it a sales tax.  It’s can’t be justified.  Especially, when Uber will have the lawsuit dismissed because city government is not recognized constitutionally.  Uber will not pay anything to the city because then it makes their independent contractors employees with full benefits. This matter makes fools of the council and especially our ‘Business Man’ Mayor.  As usual, they were hoodwinked. Another big surprise will be a 25% or so loss in sales tax scale.  The city will lack revenue to service bonds and fulfill the 2016 budget.  City weakness is it’s income comes from sales tax.  In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new 8 to 10 online services such as Amazon & Ebay.  Prices are less than retail with free shipping and NO SALES TAX. I, myself, go out of my way for a better price and not to pay sales tax.  I can wait a few days and items come straight to my door.  I don’t have to pilot around spoiled teen posses on a good weather day at an inside mall.  I’ve also discovered it’s more convenient to order packaged foods on line.  Our city has created massive debt for upper class entertainment.  The best way to slow them down is cut off their water.  Join me.

Dan Daily


#1 rufusx on 11.05.15 at 5:13 pm

So Dan, how much a month do you pay for your internet connection – that allows you access to that cheap stuff?? Gotta figure that cost in on top of what ever you’re buying – right? I mean, if you want to be “business smart” that is.

#2 LJL on 11.05.15 at 6:16 pm

You go out of your way not to pay sales tax and you don’t want to pay fees to run a business. I’m sure you help yourself to every entitlement the gov offers.

People with your mentality make this country fucked.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 11.05.15 at 8:07 pm

Uber is a better option. Without city penalty styled fees/taxes and insider franchise bribes, service is cheaper aND nit rigged (legal). They guarantee pickup in 10 minutes or less. It’s a newer choice of vehicle (also SUV’s & 9 passenger vans). Laid off taxi drivers can become Uber with more pay and tax favorability. In the future, Uber will also be handicapped, city to city, and medical transport. Bypassing these politician brother-in-law profit schemes will be much cheaper, more reliable, and person to person. Uber has proven well in 10 major cities. In San Francisco, they replaced 80% of taxis. The City of Sioux Falls makes city leaders rich. There’s no regard for citizens. Use Uber and we become the democracy we once were.

#4 The D@ily Spin on 11.06.15 at 1:30 pm

I pay a hefty $160 extra for Verizon 30gb wireless on 2 devices. Looking at other options. I pay federal, property, and some sales tax. I resent how the city of Sioux Falls spends without competitive bids on foolish endeavers. I like escaping sales tax that supports corrupt city government. My impact is near to none. However, the trend is ordering online. There are so many new Amazon-like services that have become popular for convenience and price. Wages in Sioux Falls are low. No doubt, there are thrifty internet users. It will be a big surprise when there’s not enough sales tax revenue for the city budget. They should meet the 2015 $330mil but no way for the planned 2016 $440mil.

#5 The D@ily Spin on 11.06.15 at 1:42 pm

LJL, I receive a small VA check because I’m a disabled combat veteran. I’m also eligible for social security disability & don’t take it.

#6 LJL on 11.06.15 at 7:39 pm

Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country.

Buy local and pay sales tax otherwise we will be without jobs and paying state income tax.

#7 taxpayer on 11.07.15 at 9:52 am

We had the opportunity to live in Colorado for 20 years.

One of 44 states which has a state income tax.

State income tax is based on the ability to pay, a much less regressive tax than local economies based on sales (and property) taxes.

It is wealthy South Dakotans who fear the possibility of a state income tax, not the majority of our state’s residents who just have an average lifestyle.

BTW, we lived in one of Colorado’s larger cities, and yes, we also had lower property taxes than what we found when we purchased our first home in Sioux Falls.

#8 The D@ily Spin on 11.07.15 at 10:12 pm

I lived in Colorado 10 years. State income tax doesn’t kick in until after income of 25k. True, property tax rate is low but valuations are higher. In other words, it’s about the same tax for the same size home. What was especially high was license. An average of $80 here would be $600 there. Insurance, all types, was about 30% higher there. Wages are about 25% more but you often creep into another tax bracket. One big secret about Colorado (state law) is if you have health problems without insurance you get immediate health insurance. Of course, it’s not advertised and you must insist an agent write a policy. It’s a great place to live with lots of recreation.

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