By: Diane Benjamin
Nothing has been disclosed yet, but I guarantee the proposed budget will increase at least 2%. Tari has mentioned numerous times that costs are up 2%, so in his mind he has no other choice but to increase the budget.
Meanwhile, median income per household in the country has been decreasing for years. Citizens are turning down the thermostat, cutting cable, disconnecting their home phone, cutting insurance coverage, etc etc etc just to make ends meet. Government thinks they are entitled to your money, so they will just take more. Remember, you got 3 new taxes last year. Government already decreased the amount of money YOU have left to spend as YOU see fit, expect more of the same.
Note: Alderman Schmidt and Painter – who are up for election in April – votes for all 3 tax increases. Keep that in mind when you vote this year.
General Fund spending has increased $23,000,000 in just 5 years. Details here: https://blnnews.com/2015/01/13/bloomington-council-is-a-joke-a-bad-one/
Last year the initial budget proposal was huge. It was then cut back allowing Tari to claim he cut the budget. He will claim it was David Hales’ budget and he is appalled. Don’t fall for it again this year.
Much more is on the agenda, I will be writing about it tomorrow.