SIOUX FALLS EVENT CENTER
PROMISES MADE - PROMISES BROKEN
The Argus Leader today reports on the actions taken at the City Council meeting last night regarding the Event Center. There seems to be a dispute between the Mayor and Councilor Brown regarding the word "promise."
The Argus Leader reports that Huether said the only time he used the word "promise" during his campaign was when he told voters that they would agree with him on the issues. "For Councilor Brown to state it the way that he did tonight was extremely disappointing, but a pattern has been there. And it drives me crazy. Promise is a word that I don't take lightly," Huether said.
Call it a promise, call it something else. Words that come out of your mouth stating what you are going to do is a commitment to do something. It's a declaration of something you are going to do. The dictionary defines the word promise as to claim the performance of a specified act; a reason to expect something; ground for expectation of success, improvement or excellence.
When the mayor was running for office he campaigned on "promises" regarding the event center. Did he say the word "promise." No, but a declaration of what you are going to do is a promise, pure and simple. The mayor talks a lot and he declares over and over again what he is going to do regarding fulfilling his vision for an event center. It is a promise as defined in the dictionary.
Every politician makes declarations on what they are going to do when elected to a public office. Call it what you want - but it is a promise. Just because the mayor didn't use the actual word "promise" doesn't change the fact that he made declarations of what he was going to do and he has made those declarations over and over again. Those declarations are "promises." To diffuse the issues raised by Councilor Brown by playing with the word "promise" is subterfuge. By the way that word means to conceal, evade or escape. Words out of one's mouth means something. This whole thing reminds me of the Clinton era when there was a discussion on what the word "is" means.
PROMISE BROKEN: Cost is now $115 million
PROMISE MADE: He won't spend millions on added conference space and other frills - Source: Huether campaign ad: Argus Leader April 2010.
PROMISE BROKEN: Justification for the Arena/Convention Center location was increased flat floor space to encourage bigger, more diverse conventions.
PROMISE MADE: Primary funding: private investment, entertainment taxes and fees for users, parking and suite rental. Source: Huether campaign ad: Argus Leader April 2010.
PROMISE BROKEN: Primary funding is now to bond the entire construction cost of the project with the 2nd penny sales tax. Entertainment taxes won't be used for construction, but will now be used as a back up source of revenue for operating costs and future capital needs.
PROMISE MADE: Financing package would include a down payment of $15 million from cash reserves. Source: City Council presentation Oct. 10, 2010
PROMISE BROKEN: No down payment
PROMISE MADE: Construction of events center would be paid partially by the private sector in the amount of $15-24.5 million. Source: City Council presentation Oct. 10, 2010.
PROMISE BROKEN: The entire cost of the events center - $115 million - will be borrowed and re-paid by the taxpayers.
PROMISE MADE: Bond request would be $60-$69.5 million. Source: City Council presentation Oct. 10, 2010.
PROMISE BROKEN: Now bond request is for $115 million
The Mayor's campaign ad and his presentations to the City Council and his comments to the press are declarations of what he will do regarding this project. Call it what you will. But the fact is that his words are just that - promises to do something.