By: Diane Benjamin
Yesterday I wrote about the exchange at Monday night’s Council meeting between Alderman Lower and Public Works Director Jim Karch. Numbers to fix the roads were revealed, much higher than the current budget. https://blnnews.com/2015/05/12/13-7m-9-5m-what-tari-didnt-want-to-hear/
Karch referenced a report on the City website, I looked for it. I couldn’t find it, so I emailed Jim. Last night he sent me the report. He confirmed the report is not on-line, today he is going to ask that it be put back up. If Jim Karch is suddenly out of a job it will be obvious that transparency is only something the City claims – not practices.
Roads and pensions have been under-funded for many years. The City of Bloomington has long spent money on Quality or Life instead of essential services. Last year they passed a pension funding plan that devastates the budget, so they raised taxes. Roads are now ONLY funded by the new gas tax passed last year.
Taxpayers think essential services should be funded first. Instead, you are expected to dodge bikers and pot holes while driving to the new downtown. Electing the wrong people has consequences.
Below is the history of spending tax dollars on roads:
Below is how much it will take PER YEAR to just get the roads to a rating of 4 out of 10:
A 4 rating means Fair-
Renner’s secret budget committee will say taxes must be raised. Instead of destroying the poor and future economic development, they should be defining what the role of government should be instead of what they want to be.
This presentation was made to the City Council in 2011: 2011PavementPresentationToCouncil
City Manager David Hales and the Council IGNORED this report. Renner and the current Council continue to ignore this report.
Taxpayer priorities are not the same as the City of Bloomington, but then they are so much smarter than you. Just ask – I’m sure Renner will tell you. Once he re-develops downtown, the City will have tons of money for roads.