Comparing Bloomington – MOVE or start FIGHTING

In honor of Bloomington’s $180 M proposed budget


I’m re-posting this article in honor of Bloomington’s $180,000,000 proposed budget!

See this companion post too:

by:  Diane Benjamin

In 2012 the population of Bloomington is listed at 77,733.  Champaign’s population was 82,517, Peoria was 115,687.  Note:  Bloomington is the smallest!  

These numbers are all from the City’s websites.  Total Budget information:


In 2012 Bloomington spent $2111 per citizen.  Champaign spent $1272, Peoria $1584.

Alderman Fazzini wants the City to borrow more money.

Mayor Renner wants the downtown area rebuilt, he is a big Chris Koos fan!  (Koos GAVE Uptown land to lure businesses-Watch for it in Bloomington)

The Library wants to build an annex, the Mayor wants to expand it in downtown.

The spending plans will continue, so will tax increases.

Something else I found while researching:

Hales had proposed increasing the utility tax from 2.5 percent to 4 percent to raise money for…

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