by: Diane Benjamin
Renner: I have to spend so much time, capital etc just keeping the doors open. 100 non-union employees hadn’t been evaluated. Union contracts on hold for 2 years. Bold pension policy. (Same story different day) Renner is saying everything again he has already said in the past. Raise taxes now – it’s been 5 years.
Is it even legal for the chair to go on an extended diatribe?
At least he is promising to go line by line for 2016 – starting tomorrow.
Did the Mayor just threaten the Council? Pass the Utility Tax or a veto – don’t pass it and I will.
Fruin – voting NO. Cuts haven’t been extensively looked at
Fazzini – repeating his speech about deferred maintenance, yes he is correct but immaterial at this point since there is no way to catch up now without massive taxes or borrowing. He’s voting YES, then wants to borrow more. Notify Moody’s (Fazzini looks like the 5th vote – congrats Bloomington, another tax increase)
Black – Sounds like another YES vote. He doesn’t want to burden the future generations, just you now
Schmidt – disappointed no talk of cuts, she would rather raise property taxes. Changed her vote to Yes
Painter – voting YES. Cuts not possible, they have to pay the bills. (Actually she is for YOU paying the bills)
Stearns – Called Point of Order – The vote proposed is forced by the Mayor under duress. “If I vote NO, I’m asking Mayor to go ahead and veto” The parliamentarian isn’t buying it. “Bloomington has a spending not, not a revenue problem.” Renner is trying to cut her off, she proceeding anyway.
Mwilambwe – No clear consensus, so he is voting YES. “Can’t make cuts to lose the soul of Bloomington.” He keeps talking about parks, who is talking about cutting parks? (With 3 new taxes is it still going to be a great place to raise kids)
Sage – Voting YES because it funds pensions.
Lower – Pension funding shouldn’t be taxing for a need. Cuts haven’t been discussed. Separate wants from needs. Arguing over pensions is ridiculous when funding flamingos.
You just got another tax Bloomington!
The Council thinks they are doing the admirable thing. They have failed to realize the State can not fund their pensions. The City of Chicago can not fund their pensions. The current pensions system will not last 30 years. Springfield will change the pension system because they will be forced to. Meanwhile, the citizens of Bloomington will be taxed to death in an attempt to fund the impossible.