by: Diane Benjamin
Show of hands please – How many of you shop downtown? Go to downtown restaurants? Maybe you go to the Farmers Market, but ever go downtown for anything else? Maybe jury duty, go to the BCPA or Coliseum occasionally, hit the bars, any other reason? There are people in downtown Bloomington, but far from the majority of residents.
Watch this 36 second clip from last night’s City Council meeting. It is Renner’s view of downtown, comments he has made numerous times.
The professor thinks downtown is Bloomington’s future. He believes people want to work and shop downtown. He is using YOUR money to make that happen.
Professor Renner, you work at a University educating millennials. I think they are giving you an unproven theory of the future. Surveys of millennials showing they don’t want to live in suburbs should be read closer. They DON’T want to live in inner city Bloomington, they want to be in downtown Portland Oregon or Austin Texas. They can’t afford cars or an hour commute each way, so they think they want to be inner city residents. They currently want big cities filled with downtown shopping and quaint restaurants. Your attempt to transform downtown Bloomington into a place people want to live is your vision. Ask permanent residents what they want, most of your students aren’t staying here. Don’t just ask the current downtown residents – they aren’t paying most of the bills. Meanwhile, you spent another $90,000 of taxpayer money on downtown last night. Proof government spending plans that are passed with supposed term limits end up living forever instead. See the comment made by Jamie Mathy to this story: http://blnnews.com/2014/05/27/who-has-a-vested-interest-in-downtown-bloomington/. If all these people care so much about downtown, why is the program of taxpayers supporting the DBA still needed?
Many millennials have never known economic prosperity, we are still in the recession that started in 2008. Even CBS News reported last week the recovery has not reached most Americans. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/many-u-s-families-however-theyre-composed-feel-strapped/) College grads can’t get good jobs and they are under a mountain of debt. It’s an American tragedy that government now rules instead of governs. We all have a bleak future because of government debt, but no one more than millennials.
Professor: You made it worse. Your 3 tax increases make life in Bloomington more expensive. The Springfield politicians have already wrecked Illinois, Bloomington used to be a haven from their crazy spending. Tari, you have brought Springfield to Bloomington. Spend, spend, spend – tax, tax, tax. You claim to have matched cuts and taxes dollar for dollar. The cuts were to spending you proposed! Did you think we wouldn’t notice total spending is up? You can’t lie your way to success. Maybe you can fool your students, citizens are much smarter.
Another lie: McLean County property taxes are competitive with surrounding Counties. Maybe you need some facts: http://www.rebootillinois.com/2014/03/12/top-lists/brendanbond/illinois-property-taxes-by-county/3173/. Maybe you also need an economics lesson. Who taught you it was okay to raise taxes if somebody nearby has higher taxes? Do you jump off cliffs because everybody else is doing it?
It is not the job of government to engineer economies. Professors, like you Tari, have dreamed of Utopia in classrooms. Now they are forcing their dreams on taxpayers. The failures are glaring. Citizens are being robbed and millennials are facing a dismal future.
Professor: If you cared about your students you would be finding ways to let them keep more of their money – that doesn’t mean more government tuition grants that increase costs! Let them create their own utopia. They will figure it out. You are the obstacle, not the solution.
Can you quit repeating the lies now? We’ve heard enough of them.
Here’s more information on McLean County: http://www.rebootillinois.com/2014/05/01/whats-hot/mattdietrich/25-illinois-counties-highest-average-home-values/7699/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=5/27/2014