By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington citizens should read City manager David Hales’ Monthly Report. It looks like many many hours are put into it, that might explain why the staff is over-worked. The September report can be seen here: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=7452
There are a few interesting things. Renner really wants to expand the library. Meanwhile the number of visitors is down now 3 years in a row.
The City Clerk has an interesting graph listing the number of items on the agenda compared to last year. Obviously government is growing as they take on more and more items. Maybe this is why some meetings have 400-600 page packets the Aldermen need to digest before meetings.
That leads me to one more graph. I don’t remember any of these goals ever being discussed during a Council meeting. This is a discussion that should be taking place. I’m sure a large number of citizens will be offended by what government thinks is their job. Obviously Bloomington is not run by people who believe “government IS the problem”. (Click to enlarge)
Some of the items ARE the responsibility of government, many are not. Your tax money is funding them anyway. Let me know your thoughts.