It didn’t happen on the big screen, but after the city’s finance director got his ass handed to him by city councilor Pat Starr he grumbled off and several constituents overheard him call Starr a S.O.B. under his breath. Wasn’t there, so I can’t verify that, but it wouldn’t surprise me coming from the children running city hall these days. Someone must have forgotten their Capri Sun before the meeting.

Basically Pat (and over half the council) have been requesting financial statements from the Event Center, Pavilion, Canaries, etc., and those requests go thru the finance department.

The council isn’t looking for final audits and the nitty gritty, they just want to see profit and loss.

I know why the administration doesn’t want to share the info, because they are making oodles of money, shipping those profits out of town, while the oblivious taxpayers of Sioux Falls are sporting the mortgage and maintenance on these facilities to close to around $10-20 million a year (which sucks directly from our infrastructure needs). Don’t be fooled by operational expenses and sales tax revenue, the city throws millions at these facilities in bond payments and maintenance. Just look at the $6 million dollar roof on the Pavilion.

So what do you think is more important? A new ice cooler for the Pavilion or safe de-iced roads?

The Pavilion and Denty are money vacuums and little else. And one of them is named after an accused and aledged pedophile. Oh, and it’s not George Washington.

Think about it, while most of us can’t afford a $200-$400 ticket to events, we still have to subsidize their maintenance, operations, parking, bonds, and the list goes on, yet we still can’t afford to walk thru it’s doors.

I actually used a free pass last weekend to visit the Pavilion’s art center and science center. Um, yawn.

But let’s get to the transparency issue. Apparently the finance director took issue with Starr’s questions, and he should. As a good Dutch Reform Mafia member, transparency is NOT an option, and when councilors are openly talking about your militant rejection of open government, I’m sure you are a bit confused and befuddled.

Sharing information; GOOD!

Hiding Stuff; BAD!

The taxpayers of Sioux Falls fund these facilities, we have a right to know their finances, even if the people asking are Sons a Bitches, because we all know, the peeps that are supposed to be answering these questions are probably of the same ilk, but likely a lot worse.

Here is a link to the testimony (Item #26) and public input, where a council candidate for the NE district, Mr. Jeske, skewers the mayor and his executive staff and salaries.

*Also, if you follow the discussion on the financial information, you will notice one of the finance director’s excuses against delaying a municipal liquor license was because of upcoming scheduled events.

What a gigantic line of BS! First off, it is a municipal license, the city can start or stop that whenever, it is THEIR license. On top of that, let’s pretend we have to wait, these facilities already have active liquor licenses and access, the city could delay these licenses for 400 years and they would still be valid!

11 Thoughts on “Did the City of Sioux Falls Finance Director call a city councilor a S.O.B. after getting eviscerated about closed government?

  1. D@ily Spin on March 13, 2024 at 8:18 am said:

    Not responding to councilor request is suspicion of what’s being hidden. To be expected from unconstitutional authoritarian city charter. The council and the people would like to know how the three quarter billion annual city budget is spent. We know it’s misappropriated and wasted. The usual but there must be humor for the criminal shafting.

  2. RobertaK on March 13, 2024 at 12:35 pm said:

    been in mtgs with him before and can believe he said this

  3. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on March 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm said:

    Isn’t SOB the name of a MC, where all the members have a Harley “tool box”, if you know what I mean?

  4. Paranoid, but educated on March 13, 2024 at 7:59 pm said:

    What’s really buried beneath the cemented Bunker Ramp? More than just Hoffa.

  5. "Woodstock" on March 13, 2024 at 8:02 pm said:

    “Say, I’m thinking of starting an e-bike MC, and everyone in the club will sport fire protective leather jackets”…. 🙂 #Cool #TheFonz

  6. Jon Jermane on March 13, 2024 at 11:02 pm said:

    Say, does anyone know a good dentist?

  7. Faker - Flaker on March 14, 2024 at 8:29 am said:

    Just like major election politicians, when spewing a new claim of some new flaw or hatred, they are really complaining of things they are doing themselves. This group of clowns running the city are so ill-prepared to do the work they have been hired to do they have to start acting like children in a sandbox. If they cannot control the sandbox, they’ll empty it so no one can play.

    Destroy until they win everything that is left. We are seeing it in loyalty oaths and fake reverence that seems to be the rule of the day. None of the people running the city are qualified to take out the garbage in a Tzadik Sioux Falls apartment, that’s why Tzadik never gets shut down.

  8. Mike Lee Zitterich on March 14, 2024 at 11:39 am said:

    The Council plays these goofy rinky-dink games. They know the charter restricts them from dealing with the departments, Offices, Agencies directly. Go through the Mayors office to get the information. BUT, if they think funny business is occurring, then DO THEIR JOB – Hold a Public Hearing, Investigate the Agency – Washington Pavilion, and Subpoena the DIrector, Managers, ALL People related to the “Agency” to ask questions. Stop pussy footing around. Tell the Council to do their job. IF I get elected to the City Council one day, I would be bringing several “Public Investigations” forward to get answers.

  9. D@ily Spin on March 14, 2024 at 12:53 pm said:

    There’s a dentist in Sugarland TX if you can get a ticket on the state airplane.

  10. scott on March 14, 2024 at 4:44 pm said:

    that’s a pretty big “if” Mike.

  11. Further Fear & Loathing on March 14, 2024 at 6:30 pm said:

    Finally, some “state business” with some teeth. 🙂

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