Two major archery tournaments set to come to Yankton received a boost to logistics Monday evening.
On Monday, the Yankton City Commission voted 7-0 to approve a funding request for help funding transportation to, during and from two upcoming world archery tournaments.
Yankton City Manager Amy Leon said the city’s archery facilities have done a lot to expose the city to the rest of the state and the world.
“Mr. (Bruce) Cull has really created a culture of archery here in
our community,” Leon said. “There has been, as a result, thousands of people brought every year to Yankton to experience the facility and then experience all of the great things that Yankton has to offer along with the archery facility.”
She then laid out the request, which included $25,000 for the World Archery Field Championships in 2020 and $40,000 for the 2021 World Archery Championships. In both instances, the money would go towards transportation considerations and would come out of the BBB (bed, board, booze) fund.
However, Commissioner Jake Hoffner said he wasn’t so sure about bundling the requests.
“I think they should be separated because the 2021 budget we haven’t discussed yet,” he said.
He added that he’s in favor of the opportunity, but with additional BBB spending in recent years, he would’ve like to have seen the 2021 request discussed as the city gets into its next cycle of budget sessions.
“I’m definitely excited about the opportunities that are coming,” he said. “I think we got a little speedy here. I believe that we have an outside agency group. I’d like to get some recommendations from them and, especially, debate it during t
he 2020 budget (sessions). It just seems wise to do that and responsible to separate them.”
Hoffner proposed an amendment to only cover the $25,000 for the 2020 tournament, but this amendment died for lack of a second.
National Field Archery Association (NFAA) President Bruce Cull spoke as to why the NFAA was seeking money for both tournaments at the same time.
“The host bid fee for this was due six months ago and it was a quarter of a million dollars,” Cull said. “We don’t have that kind of money. We put it off a little bit and have paid part of it.”
Leon also noted that other groups have been granted BBB funding for years that had yet to be budgeted in the past.
“We’ve made commitments to things like the Boys & Girls Club and the Mead Building,” she said. “The commission, next year, if things got really bad, could turn that (2021 funding) over if something bad were to happen.”
Commissioner Chris Ferdig noted that projections show the city bringing in more BBB dollars than it will spend connected to the two tournaments.
“Looking at the projected BBB alone for next year is $47,000,” he said. “The 2021 tournament, for $40,000, we’ve projected $75,000 brought back just into the BBB. … That’s a pretty good return on investment, if you ask me.”