The biggest issue before the upcoming city election isn’t just affordable housing it is how the city is misappropriating millions in tax surpluses from 2021. (Item #86)

Typically surpluses from the previous year are not given out or appropriated in the following year until a financial report from that year is presented to the public and city council in a public meeting.

It should certainly NOT be given out before an election. The council, that normally controls the purse strings should have gotten the report and had public working sessions with public comment to determine how this money is to be spent, and it should have happened after the election.

Instead, the mayor is keeping information from some of the councilors and certainly from the public and secretly appropriating this money as booty prizes and then dropping it in councilors laps to approve. It’s a violation of the charter and certainly an ethical violation, it may even violate campaign rules.

In my humble opinion, with $74 million in surpluses the best way to spend this money is to give tax rebates to the core neighborhoods for property owners to spend it on home and neighborhood improvements (stipulated). Instead of complicated grants and added bureaucracy, just give it back to the taxpayers and have them decide how they will spend the money.

It’s bad enough we have been overtaxed, but to turn around and hide it from the council and public and to hand it out to the mayor’s special friends is just sickening, especially right before an election.


2 Thoughts on “The City of Sioux Falls is misappropriating surpluses

  1. D@ily Spin on April 6, 2022 at 7:52 pm said:

    It’s a lot of extra money for a city of 170k. The county should get a much bigger partition. So much money and no help for the homeless.

  2. Very Stable Genius on April 9, 2022 at 10:21 am said:

    With all of this extra money, why don’t they aggressively sand when there is snow and ice (And what happen to the street cleaners?), and why does a stolen catalytic convertor get handed over to a phone App and/or a brief conversation with an officer who pretty much just hands out a crime report number to you?

    Ten years ago this August, I had one of my bikes stolen from me. I reported it and even had a call from a detective about it. I wonder if they would still do that today?

    I am afraid the day will come when even the funeral home will ask you to use an App, but what if you are dead?

    Government no longer works for the people. The people are a bother. Local government has been hi-jacked by the oligarchs, I mean the developers. It’s now just about building new things. It is no longer about sustaining things and making things better for the overall citizenry… Well, unless you are just into aesthetics.

    ( and Woodstock adds: “Don’t worry VGS, if you croak, I’ll call the funeral home…. (“But will I exist without him?”…) #IThinkThereforeIAm #Descartes )

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