City Spending: Promotional Items
March 10, 2010

With Sioux Falls facing budget shortfalls, you'd think city officials would be pinching pennies. But some people say the city is doing just the opposite, needlessly spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on promotional items.

Spending on the city center first came under fire two years ago. Since then, the four-color, glossy calendar has cost the city more than $37,000 to produce.

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The Master Plan
June 1, 2007

IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT calendars. Days, weeks and months would run together (more than they do now). Recitals would be missed and birthdays forgotten. Sporting events would be poorly attended and turn times would never be met. The importance of calendars in the flow of daily life is hard to miss. For this reason, the products have remained a promotional favorite and show no signs of letting up. OLDIE BUT GOODIE Calendars are one of the oldest and most celebrated promotional products, and with good reason. “They provide such high visibility, as [they] are referred to countless times a day by the user,” explained Jeff Taplin,