Mayor Allender lays out plan for 2021 Rapid City budget
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender laid out a plan for the city’s 2021 budget Monday night, sharing his hope for life post-pandemic.
Activity in Rapid City was on an upswing right before the pandemic hit, but things quickly went downhill after COVID-19 introduced itself. Decreasing tourism in the area affecting hotel stays and airport traction, and of course sinking a few local business along the way.
Mayor Allender stated that the financial goal for 2021 is to return to pre-COVID levels.
“We don’t know fully what’s going to happen this fall and winter and how businesses will be affected by it, so that is a lingering threat.” said Mayor Allender
He has laid out a general fund of $68.9 million with enterprise funds at $176.8,K.
Many city programs such as recreational activities and civil services had to be altered and even cancelled due to the virus, and according to the mayor, the impact shows.
“I’ve lived in this town for 35 years, many of the homeless individuals that hang around the downtown area know me by name and i’m telling you, just like you may be making your own observations, there are new people in town.” continued Mayor Allender.
In 2021 the mayor wants to pour most of the budget into public safety and public works. This includes increasing funding for the arts, WAVI and the youth and elderly community, along with necessary city maintenance.
The budget is heavily reliant on sale tax revenue and would be subject to changes. The city council made a motion to acknowledge the budget.