Sioux Falls City Councilors Starr & Barranco reject the need for a property tax increase

During the City Council meeting last night (FF 1:25:00) Pat and David spoke out against the increase siting inflation hurting citizens;

“. . . we have families struggling with high inflation and I am NOT comfortable with a property tax increase,” David Barranco.

“We sit and talk about putting the city in good financial shape and it really doesn’t take that much from the citizens, it’s only a couple of bucks here, and it’s a Coke or a cup of coffee, but if look at the chart director Pritchett presented were talking about 11 to 12 million dollars over the next 10 years that the city will be ‘SHORT’. NO, it’s the taxpayers that will be short of this money,” Pat Starr.

Their colleagues on dais SAID nothing while voting to move to 2nd reading. Starr and Barranco voted NO.


#1 Very Stable Genius on 09.07.22 at 12:22 pm

Barranco might turn into the John Paul Stevens or David Souter of our city council. We can only hope. Or, is it that he just doesn’t like property taxes? 😉

#2 D@ily Spin on 09.07.22 at 2:00 pm

There are two on the Council who are not taxaholics. The others and the mayor must recognize new taxes are political suicide. Why is it that they come into office or a new term pushing tax increases? The future looks to be a downsize economy. How about cutting back instead of taxes?

#3 LJL on 09.09.22 at 10:55 am

Boy if we only could get more money from the rich property owners. Hmmm. How much tax is being collected on the Cherap’s and the ice cream storage land?

Care for some TIF flavored ironic frozen custard councilors?

#4 Steve on 09.10.22 at 2:52 pm

Of course the Mayor wants them to approve and they are more than willing to oblige. Just another feather in the Mayor’s cap so he can claim how he promotes positive growth for the city or state when he tries to further his political career.