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Sioux Falls Mayor says city budget is strong

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"Be proud, Sioux Falls, be proud," said Mayor Mike Huether.

At his 2013 budget address Wednesday, the mayor says we have a lot to be proud of.

"South Dakota's done well, the Midwest has done well, Sioux Falls has done well, and folks who have chosen to spend money, like to do it in our town, and the numbers reflect that," Mayor Huether said.

The mayor presented a $133 million budget that invests in city services, but says the city will be cautious on how they spend the money.

"We are going to invest more in 2013, but folks, this is no spending spree," Mayor Huether said.

The mayor says sales tax revenues are coming in at levels the city never expected. Huether estimates a 5% sales growth by the end of the year, bringing in more than $43 million to the city's budget.

With sales tax revenue up and property tax revenue up, the Mayor Huether says the budget is looking good.

"We are spending more money than we did in 2012, but again, this is no spending spree, and our revenues are projected to grow faster than our expenses," Huether said.

The budget plan includes investing new technology, hiring additional police offices, and improving the quality of life with new programs and staff positions at parks and libraries.

"We are growing, the demands of city government are also growing. So, we do need more space and improved facilities will help our employees serve the citizens of this town even better," Mayor Mike Huether said.

Mayor Huether says the city's 1100 workers make up 70% of the operating budget.

"The most critical piece of the service pie, they are, but they're also the most expensive piece of our pie," Mayor Mike Huether said.

The mayor says some people may think roads and the Event Center are his top priority, but they would be wrong.

"Fiscal responsibility has been and will always be my top priority, you have my word, Sioux Falls," Mayor Mike Huether said.

The mayor says the city budget is strong. Revenues are growing faster than spending, but Huether says that fiscal responsibility is his top priority.

City Council will vote on the mayor's budget on September 11th.

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