Councilor Erickson goes ape over $60k while giving millions in tax rebates to welfare developers

(FF: 16:40)

So this happened at the informational meeting on Tuesday, and I didn’t think much of the drama until people started nagging me about it;

Erickson said the Playhouse, formerly known as the Sioux Empire Community Theatre until August, currently owes $66,000 in debt to the city. She questioned why the debt had not been settled after it received $418,739 between several COVID-19 relief programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.

First, let’s put some things in perspective. The Sioux Empire Community Theatre incurred this debt, not the current group and SMG let it grow to level it should not have. Once the Orpheum changed hands to the Pavilion’s management a payment program was set up. But in all reality, the city should have just wrote off the debt due to SMG and the previous theatre company no longer being in play. That would be the ‘logical’ thing to do

Some have asked me, “While Erickson has voted to give millions in TIF tax rebates to wealthy developers and voted for a failed $26 million dollar bunker ramp debacle why does she give a sh!t about this $60K debt?”

Well folks, this isn’t about the amount of debt it’s about who is being held hostage for the debt. The NEW organization’s president is no other than Mr. Rick Weiland, and this is an obvious attack on him politically as a prominent Democrat in our state and Christine’s cozy relationship with SD GOP leadership. It’s petty, and honestly the reason I didn’t say anything on Tuesday after witnessing her driveling. But par for course for the dirt bags that run that institution (out of Iowa).

Besides, if we really want to question the abuse of tax dollars by an arts org in Sioux Falls, we only have to look to the Washington Pavilion who is rumored to pay their director around or over $200K a year and has ravaged the entertainment tax year after year for millions in maintenance for a $19 million dollar building that cost us $50 million plus to complete and continues to drain us. Why doesn’t the city council just have a resolution that renames the tax the ‘Pavilion maintenance tax’? Let’s call it what it really is. And when are we going to get a financial report from them? Isn’t the director a Democrat?



4 comments ↓

#1 Very Stable Genius on 09.24.21 at 9:31 pm

Erickson is also the councilwoman who said in the early spring of 2018, in reference to the TIF granted across the street from the Levitt, that the state recognizes TIFs and reimburses local school districts for their loss of revenue due to TIFs.

So given that pie in the sky claim, maybe she doesn’t believe that TIFs matter.

AND, I don’t doubt that Erickson’s current obsession is partisan. She holds one of the “GOP seats” on the council.

Let’s also not forget, that when John Cunningham made his ethics charge against Neitzert, Erickson was the one during those proceedings who tried the hardest to put Cunningham on trial rather than Neitzert and his partisan activities.

#2 anominous on 09.25.21 at 10:52 am

lol ericksen she wouldnt mind about that 60K if the playhouse were hosting bloodsport mma fights

#3 D@ily Spin on 09.25.21 at 3:52 pm

Being a councilor is not only for income from bribes. It’s also an opportunity for revenge and attacks on democrats.

#4 The Guy From Guernsey on 09.27.21 at 2:46 pm

Petty stuff from Erickson.
Can’t wait for her to leave the Council and start her gig with the car dealers.
If ever there were two parties who were deserving of each other, it is used car dealers and this soon-to-be-former City Councilor.