By: Diane Benjamin
10 short years ago Bloomington did not charge for ANY garbage or bulky waste pickup. In 2005 the Council decided they could no longer cover the cost. Previously the cost was part of the services provided by the City through the taxes you paid.
This is from the FY 2005 budget, page 7 http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2025
Note all the other taxes implemented at the same time, also note why: Coliseum and BPCA. Also note the purpose was to “improve the quality of life for generations to come”. The general fund also increased 16.75% that year – see page 8.
Why the change? The City wanted to “gift” you with more Quality of Life. The 2016 budget calls for subsidies to the Coliseum of $2,510,000 and $500,000 to the BCPA. As the Coliseum ages, it will require even more maintenance. Nice “gift”. Repairs to the parking garage were supposedly paid for by negotiations with the contractors, but Saturday a slight mention was made about the costs associated with the repairs this year. Did the City get paid or not?
Tonight the City Council will be asked to raise the formerly free service again: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8340 Page 146.
The service is no longer paid for by taxes you already pay because the City doesn’t want it included! They have other plans for your tax dollars whether you want them or not. What happened to the savings from automated trucks and new carts? Doesn’t it only take one person now instead of two? What about Workers Comp claims? Wasn’t the new system supposed to save money there too?
The fee for bulk waste will go from ZERO to $50.00. The City needs money and the potted plants had better vote for it. I’m sure Renner will threaten to veto the budget again if the increase isn’t approved. Cuts are unthinkable because that would cut the power the City has over citizens. Once government grabs your money, they aren’t giving it back – they just want more.
Instead of providing essential services paid for by the taxes you already pay, David Hales staff takes priority. https://blnnews.com/2015/02/26/david-hales-is-sucking-your-tax/
Total Admin spending:
2011 $590,415.95 Actual
2012 $668,452.00 Projected
2013 $884,179.00 Proposed
2014 $1,065,611 Actual
2015 $1,447,000 Projected
2016 $1,256,932 Proposed
Included are Assistant City Managers and a Communications Director that doesn’t communicate, unless it’s to issue a press release. Bureaucracy wins over solid waste.
All departments under Renner and Hales are forced to spend countless hours analyzing department performance. All departments complain about not having enough money or personnel. If doing the job was a higher priority than measuring performance, maybe the turnover in leadership wouldn’t have decimated high level management at the City.
Are services better now than a few years ago? Are essential services even a priority?
“Public service” has been replaced by “implementing an agenda”. It started long ago, Renner has just kicked it into high gear.
How long will it be before Bloomington will charge for other essential services? Or, maybe that’s why the City started their own court. I suspect police state tactics to also kick into high gear! When government takes more power, they intend to use it.
When the local media is controlled by government, (Staff continued to build strong working relationships with reporters from The Pantagraph, WJBC, WGLT, and other area media. http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8224 Page 116) citizens will never see it coming.