By: Diane Benjamin
Two schools of thought are in play locally:
1) Government exists to create Quality of Life – no specific definition
2) Government exists to provide essential services citizens can not provide for themselves – police, fire, streets, sewers etc
Normal switched to option 1 when Koos was elected. Everything that happens there is HIS vision of Utopia. Bloomington has a long history of mayors who also believe in option 1. From at least Markowiz to Renner. mayors have believed they can create a livable sustainable city. No definition exists for “livable sustainable” either.
One person’s vision of sustainable isn’t what another believes. Renner thinks bike paths, additions to the zoo, and entertainment make Bloomington a great place to live.
If you don’t agree you barely have a voice. Alderman Lower is now the lone voice standing against spending on Quality of Life. The Council is stacked with thinkers who believe in progress via government control.
The downtown Huff-Giebelhausen project is nothing more than government creating what they want to see. CEFCU and Huffs get bailed out of the bad deals they made in the past, Giebelhausen makes a lot of money, and Tari acquires property for his hotel.
The last time Bloomington had a mayor like this you were gifted with the Coliseum.
Renner is still talking about closing the gap created when the City decided garbage pick-up needs to pay for itself. Remember, garbage was included in the taxes you already paid until 2005. The cost to you has been creeping higher and higher ever since.
Tonight the Council will hear plans for expanding Constitution Trail. Repairs need to be made to bridges, so why not throw in expanding paths during the fix? It’s not a bad things to consider except when the costs are revealed. You will be told to pay more for garbage so the City can expand the trail. http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8542
Maybe that’s the City you want to live in – government decides how to entertain you. The poor are forced to subsidize entertainment they can’t afford. Government’s boot is pushed harder on the necks of the middle class.
If you don’t want option 1, you are close to powerless to stop it for the next 2 years. A few members of the Council may listen to the citizens, most think they were elected to make your spending decisions for you. Most think they are entitle to your money for the greater good. Of course that will mean tax and fee increases, you just aren’t suppose to notice.
The government of Illinois should be a guide for destructive public policy. Illinois aims to provide everything for everybody and now can’t pay their bills. Many people have left Illinois because of the government. Bloomington is now spending their savings, next are tax increases – then more people leaving.
How many members of the new Renner budget committee believe government’s job is to provide essential services and allow citizens to decide where their money is spent? Zero.
In two years you will have the opportunity to elect a different kind of mayor and a different kind of council. The new government can try to dig out of the hole the last 3 mayors have put you in. If you think Tari’s plans end with a hotel downtown, you are wrong. His repeated declarations about downtown being the future and strip malls are dead is not truth, it’s something he intends to force on the taxpayers. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, the hell with your roads. Move downtown and walk everywhere or ride your bike.
Who is an actual public servant?
Your freedom is at stake and is rapidly disappearing. Tari only has 2 years to complete his fundamental transformation.