by: Diane Benjamin
The Bloomington budget process for FY 2015 was a sham. It resulted in 3 new taxes, no time for discussions, and verbal attacks on Alderwoman Stearns just for proposing cuts.
Mayor Renner promised an entire year would be spent reviewing the budget for next year. This video is from the April 28, 2014 Council meeting. Renner started his rant saying the budget process starts now. He even allotted at least 30 minutes for discussion. It didn’t happen. Instead he set up his attack on Stearns, the budget hasn’t been discussed since. If you missed his attack, see it here: http://blnnews.com/2014/04/29/more-on-renners-outrageous-attack/
The retreat last year was also a joke. The Council had a secret meeting (Executive Session) where Renner threatened the Council to “have David Hales’ back”. He told them he wouldn’t tolerate public dessent. That led to Alderwoman Stearns filing an Open Meetings Act violation against the City. She knows she represents her Ward, not Tari Renner. The Attorney General STILL has not issued their ruling. Renner is a Democrat, Lisa Madigan is a Democrat, when a ruling can’t be issued on such a clear violation – it shows why corruption rules in Illinois.
Tari: What’s on the agenda this year? Did you hire the facilitator again this year in hopes of teaching everybody how to get along? (Vote Yes on everything) Is something more important than “Culture Change” on the agenda? We now know Culture Change was hire a communication director to create spin, raise taxes, spend more, and vilify opponents.
The only topic at this year’s retreat should be the promised budget discussions. The General Fund spending has exploded, is it going up again next year? Is the Illinois Institute of Technology facilitator going to show up to teach how to prioritize?
I hope you watched the video. I have no idea what Renner was talking about for most of the first 2 minutes. He claims he isn’t an ideologue. He claims local politics are non-partisan. Renner referred to “Sewer Socialists”. Exactly what did they do Tari that you aren’t? Did they think government creates economic activity? Were they building monuments to themselves? Did they spend millions of dollars more every year and call it inflation?
Maybe you could discuss this: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=7306
Who made this plan Tari? You?
You want a hotel downtown, you want Preservation of Historic buildings, but the plan is to tear buildings down for your hotel? Brilliant!