by: Diane Benjamin
2008 is no longer on the City of Bloomington website, so this information is from a Pantagraph article dated 7/29/08.
At the City Council meeting on the 28th, a vote was taken to hire Doug Farr Associates of Chicago to do a Downtown Bloomington plan. One alderman was missing, so the vote was 4-4. Then Mayor Steve Stockton voted YES to break the tie. This was after 1 1/2 hours of heated discussion on whether to spend money on downtown. Evidently the budget had been cut that year.
The vote was for the City of Bloomington to spend $125,000 and the Downtown Bloomington Association to pay $75,000. If you didn’t know, the Downtown Bloomington Association got their money from the City of Bloomington, the $200,000 all came from taxpayers. Oh what a tangled web we weave . . .
So who were the NO votes?
Aldermen Kevin Huette, Judy Stearns, Steven Purcell and David Sage
What has happened to the formally conservative David Sage? State Farm indoctrination? David Hales worship?
Nobody knows. What we do know is that once he had convictions and stood by them. He once cared about fiscal issues.
He has now become one of the Potted Plants.
(more on the Downtown Bloomington Association to come!)