UPDATE: Is the City of Sioux Falls set to ask for another taxpayer handout for more buildings we don’t need?

UPDATE: Imagine my shock and awe when I found out today that the city is proposing exactly what I suggested, a long term lease with a private hotel, instead of a financial partnership. But before I whistle and clap, I have a feeling this RFP changed once the city realized their borrowing power may be decreasing. Either way, we get another hotel and boring hotel restaurant on the dismal side of town.

Darrin Tiffilicious is set to ask for more taxpayer money tomorrow for another private entity, I’m guessing;

A hotel and restaurant are soon to be built on the southeast side of Elmwood Golf Course. Come to this news conference to learn the franchise of the hotel, the brand of the restaurant, and to see renderings of a development ready to break ground this year.

A few years ago when this plan was first hatched, it was mentioned that taxpayers would be fronting the money for a hotel on city land by Elmwood golf course. I’m guessing this has not changed. While I agree we probably could use another hotel in that area, I question the past proposed plan where we would be asking taxpayers to build the hotel then share revenue with a private management partner. I think a more prudent plan would be for a private partner to build their own hotel, and lease the property from the city, keeping taxpayers off the hook for profit and loss and paying for the structure.

I guess we will have to wait and see the details tomorrow, but like the half built aquatic center and the proposed administration building, I’m guessing taxpayers will be asked to bond for this project also. I think this kind of partnership goes to far and I hope the new council rejects any plans to fleece taxpayers for a private project like this. Indoor public pools are one thing, but publicly subsidized hotels goes to far, especially when this city lags in affordable housing.

Like I said though, the devil is in the details.



2 comments ↓

#1 Lewis on 03.15.16 at 11:01 pm

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2016/03/15/city-owned-golf-resort-coming-sioux-falls/81811232/

#2 The D@ily Spin on 03.16.16 at 11:27 am

It seems obvious there’s a hotel rooms shortage because private hotels will not build where government has taken over the market. There’s an unfair advantage when city rooms are 20% cheaper because they get the bed taxes. Religion and government must always be separate. Similarly, government must not interfere with private enterprise. It’s socialism that with civil rights infringement has become communism.