November 2021 Fort Pierre Mayor's Report
Sometimes you need to look behind you to realize just how far you have traveled.
During a staff meeting last week, we talked about how much Fort Pierre has grown and changed over the last 20 years. Rick Hahn, City Engineer and Public Works Director, and Finance Officer Roxanne Heezen, volunteered to put together some information for the Council meeting. The table below will provide some highlights:
2001 2020 % Change
Assessed Valuations $ 55,275,486 $ 227,869,245 312.24%
Sales Tax $ 260,344 $ 1,307,832 402.35%
Property Tax $ 392,143 $ 1,270,450 223.98%
Total $ 652,487 $ 2,578,282 295.15%
General Fund Expenditures $ 1,246,486 $ 3,531,247 183.30%
Fulltime City Employees 14 18 28.57%
Building Permits issued 2001-2020: 2165
Total improvement value: $121,227,045
New residential homes: 285
New commercial buildings: 97
Comparing Google Earth maps of the city in 1991 and 2017 tells an even more dramatic story. Entire residential developments (Marions Garden, Marions Pastures, Marions Acres, Vintage Square Estates, and Compton’s Cove) have sprung up, and the Teton Island Business Park transformed that area.
We appreciate the foresight of previous mayors and councils who saw the need for infrastructure to accommodate growth. And we will always be grateful to the entrepreneurs and developers who invested (and continue to invest) capital, time and dedication to the future of our beautiful little city on the rivers.