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Mayoral candidates answer toughest questions

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The candidates for Rapid City mayor have just three weeks to convince voters of their platform.

So, for the next several days, candidate Mark Kirkeby and incumbent Sam Kooiker will have a chance to answer some of the big questions facing voters.

Tonight, we focus on taxes.

Are the people of Rapid City getting what they paid for in terms of the services they get for the taxes and fees they pay?

"I believe one of the roles as mayor is empower staff, empower council, empower members of the community to help find additional cost savings and efficiencies," said Kooiker. "And over the last couple of years one of the actions we have undertaken is to streamline our board meetings and committees. In fact we have reduced our number of boards by 50 percent in order to improve customer service."

"It depends to how you want to explain that. Priorities as far as what you are expecting," said Kirkeby. "Currently right now we spend more on animal control than we do our economic development. It's coming out of our general fund so it depends on what majority of citizens want for service."

Our coverage continues tomorrow.

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