by The Daily Republic
August 15, 2012 at 2:44 am in The Daily Republic
City officials approved a $12,000 increase in funding to Mitchell Main Street & Beyond during the second of three nights of budget hearings Tuesday at City Hall. Continue Reading
Tags: Budget, Business, city council, local, mitchell main street and beyond, updates 8 Comments »
Why doesn’t Carrie English and Billy Mawhiney reach out to the RSVP volunteers for help, rather than spend tax dollars? Maybe they could discuss this with the new Senior Services Director, and since neither of them were smart enough to think of this I sure hope they are not the new Senior Services Director!
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I think you bring up a great point that the community of Mitchell has various amounts resources that could be utilized more often.
Looking past your snide tone, Mitchell Main Street utilizes various volunteers in the community, which include RSVP, such as Memorial Weekend, Stampede Rodeo and Kid Shopping just to name a few. In fact, in 2011 those volunteers hours added up to 5819. Could we utilize programs such as RSVP more? Absolutely, but let’s not make assumptions we cannot back up.
It would also be good to note I am the current Vice President for the RSVP, Palace Transit, & Senior Nutrition Board. I have and will spend many an hour at the James Valley Community Center.
We, as citizens of Mitchell, should be working together more, which I believe was the heart of your comment. Unfortunately, it was masked in unnecessary sarcasm. My parents taught me you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
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Just saying, $42,000 is a lot of tax dollars. At a 2% city sales tax it takes 2.1 million dollars in sales to fund this program each year.
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From what I am reading, your concern is whether or not this “investment” from the city to Mitchell Main Street is a fiscally responsible one. Let me help ease your mind.
In 2008-2009, according to the SD Dept of Revenue, businesses in the “downtown district” sales revenue totaled approximately $42,500,000 equating to approximately $850,000 in sales tax revenue for the city of Mitchell. If those numbers were true today, which we know sales revenues have grown from year to year, that would equate to 5% of the money generated from downtown reinvested back into that region. We have asked for the most recent numbers and they should be in next week. If you would like us to share that information with you we would be more than happy to. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give Molly a call at 605.990-4500 with your information and we will update you the moment we hear.
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It would seem that Ms English and Mr Mawhiney have been well prepared and have answered your concerns with excellent answers but I was wondering…..if you think 42,000 is too much, where would you draw the line? How much is too much to make downtown Main St a vital part of the community again?
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1.1. Keep it civil and stay on topic.
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Dave, let’s try to work together to make Mitchell a better place. I am sure the various volunteer boards in Mitchell would love to recruit more help and hear constructive ideas. Also, please follow the above rules and have no more personal attacks on people (especially without knowing all the facts).
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Pretty bold taking credit for every dollar spent in downtown Mitchell. I ran a main street business for years, and your group contributed nothing to the success of my business. $42,000 of tax payer dollars is still a lot of money.
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Thank you for bringing our partnerships to the forefront of our endeavors. I’m reminded once again how partnerships and volunteerism make our non-profit organization thrive.
In April of 2009, I reached out to the Center and RSVP. Together, we created a wonderful partnership. They are truly a great group to work with and every year at our annual meeting, we recognize them as partners in our success. I too sat on their boards and have personally served the volunteers Thanksgiving dinners as a token of my appreciation. People helping people- I’m truly thankful to be a part of such a giving community.
Again, thank you. I guess I am smart enough.
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