By: Diane Benjamin
Democracy in action! Renner wants a hotel downtown and he wants it now! The future of Bloomington is downtown – how many times does he have to say it before taxpayers understand he will bury you in debt to get it. A hotel is his agenda and he has a stacked council salivating at his and their legacy.
The Judy Markowitz legacy isn’t looking too good, maybe Renner is trying to out do her.
Anyway, public opinion matters to a couple of aldermen. Most don’t care what you think and their minds won’t be changed unless tar and feathers are involved. Fruin will see how everybody else votes and then join the majority.
For the couple of other slightly rational aldermen, Renner has to work harder. The City just took money out of savings because tax increases didn’t pass. $8.5 Million is already planned on downtown lighting, another $17 Million for the zoo, and virtually nothing is being spent on roads. The bond rating agencies are not going to be happy the City raided reserves. Renner doesn’t understand that Normal was in no debt before Koos buried it, Bloomington isn’t playing on the same field.
Enter emails from people who have never emailed the Council or attended a meeting before. Excitement is everywhere! The people are speaking: Spend downtown, we NEED a hotel! Maybe Renner held an IWU email party and handed out talking points. I hear the Council is being inundated with emails of support. I’m sure Renner had absolutely nothing to do with sudden rush of support!
Will any of the pots (Kevin Lower not included!) care about your voice? Not if they only hear from the Renner groupies!