Sioux Falls City Council Elects ‘Non-Leaders’ to Leadership

Besides Councilor Stehly saying, “Wham, Bam, Thank You Maam” there was a lot of elitist eye-rolling and laughter going on when councilors Brekke and Stehly were making nominating speeches for their choice for Vice-Chair, Pat Starr. Of course, Neitzert got it, in a pre-determined vote, which gave them plenty of time to laugh at the nominating speeches since the fix was in.

I was watching from the comfort of my office at home, but from talking to citizens watching in the chambers, it was purely disgusting and disrespectful. It amazes me the level of disrespect the RS5 (Rubber Stamp 5) have for Pat and Theresa, especially after the entire city got to see how incredibly idiotic, careless, reckless, fiscally irresponsible and just plain stupid their votes were for the downtown parking ramp, in which none of them have apologized for, just said ‘oh well’ and blew it off. I also hear now that Mayor Selfie is looking for a competitor to Stehly.

Please forget about the mistakes of the past and elect me to leadership. Not only are they extremely arrogant and dysfunctional, they are in complete denial of their mistakes and stupidity. This is the worst city council I have seen in 15 years. Complete Losers and Failures. The ironic part was when Erickson and Neitzert were working with the minority, they were getting things done, but once the rules got changed for Air BNB and Erickson started rolling in the dough, she flipped, almost overnight. It may be time to implement a lodging tax on Air BNB.

Oh, but it gets better. At the city council informational meeting, the IT department (growing in employees with many of the other mayoral departments) requested to raise the tax for Midco and Vast from 2.5% to 6%. It took bringing up Midco’s attorney (thank you Theresa) to admit that that tax will just be passed onto the consumer and the communications companies won’t pay anything.

So our innovation manager’s greatest feat so far is a plan to tax us more for internet and cable. This is what a HS diploma will get you.



#1 Scott Linder on 05.22.19 at 11:30 am

Nicely written. I agree about last night’s meeting. The Kiley crew just oozes arrogance. Very disappointing behavior.

#2 l3wis on 05.22.19 at 11:44 am

Yesterday at the Informational, Soehl joked that it was worth subscribing to cable to watch the city council meetings. Hardy, Harr, Harr. I thought, maybe they should change the name of the council meeting to “Who Wants to Waste a Million?” Tune in this week and listen to the RS5 justify more waste and developer welfare.

#3 Theresa stehly on 05.22.19 at 11:50 am

Just to clarify about my comment referencing the past Council leadership process. Slang :Anything done or put together very quickly or without careful planning. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun.

#4 So Salty on 05.22.19 at 12:39 pm

Oh Scotty….Your tears are so very salty. Almost as salty as your name calling. Truly fun to watch. I’d be willing to spend a million bucks to get Stehly a mute button so her constant coughing wouldn’t drown out people giving input.

#5 SouthernExposure on 05.22.19 at 1:02 pm

Wouldn’t it be more accurate that Federal legislation will no longer permit municipalities to collect taxes from internet services ? So, with a more stable half of the revenue stream being eliminated and the other half diminishing, where would you suggest these revenues to be captured ? I hope your recruitment efforts will focus on people who are better able to grasp economics. Math is hard !

#6 l3wis on 05.22.19 at 1:30 pm

The sales tax doesn’t expire until June of 2020 (according to the Midco attorney) also, it ONLY applies to internet services, NOT cable. So yes, the math is hard.

Salty, you are one of the few people who don’t think the passage of the DT parking ramp wasn’t idiotic. Just calling a spade a spade.

#7 Conservative Here on 05.22.19 at 3:44 pm

So Salty

While you may disagree with Teresa’s approach and how she says things, the message she is projecting is clear, the city is F@cking us over. I think the part many on the council fail to realize is that while there is an extremely vocal minority that show up each week (yes a few crazy folks in that group) to tell them how they feel, the rest of us are pissed about all the money that is being spent unwisely.

People are watching and its being talked about quite a bit and these people vote. I have little doubt in my mind if folks like “Do Nothing Marshal” have a challenger, he will get voted out. All the challenger has to do, in my opinion, is hammer him on all the BS he voted in, the parking ramp is the cherry on top. Incumbents have to back up their decisions and I have yet to see anyone who voted for these items explain why, except Greg which is still a sh!tty vote. So flipping once seat seems possible.

#8 Blasphemo on 05.22.19 at 7:50 pm

Simply because Sioux Falls has had the lowest Franchise Fee of 20 area towns is not in & of itself justification for raising the rate which is passed on to cable subscribers. Without comparing all of the various “taxes” residents pay in all those other municipalities, one can’t compare the relative appropriateness of an increase to a 6% total for Sioux Falls. Furthermore, was the FCC cap at the present 5% level when the current contract was ratified in ‘09, or possibly set then at a lower maximum? Maybe the 2009 Sioux Falls City Hall administration felt the need to limit the fee to 2.5% to hold down the cost burden to internet/cable TV/phone subscribers when all the other “taxes” Sioux Falls residents paid were taken into consideration. Given the proposed increase to 6%, has the overall tax burden to SF residents been taken into consideration this time around?