By: Diane Benjamin
Most council meetings are scripted. The Mayor and City Manager take their favorite aldermen to lunch at your expense and brief them on how to vote. If the ONLY conservative on the council, Kevin Lower, says anything – nobody but citizens care. Expect the next 2 years to be filled with 8-1 votes.
Besides Public Comment being part of a Must See for citizens, the comments at the end of the meeting can be revealing too.
Fast forward to 1:10:35
Tari held up a book prepared by Giebelhausen – the developer wanting a guarantee from the City to buy the downtown property after he demolishes the buildings. Tari thinks the numbers makes sense. (keep in mind: prepared by the guy wanting the money)
Where are the appraisals? The properties in question aren’t appraised for tax purposes anywhere near what Giebelhausen says he is paying. The price does match what the present owner owes though. Just because Giebelhausen over-pays for the properties, the citizens have to? You want a hotel bad enough to soak taxpayers? Seriously?
Tari’s plan is like paying $50,000 for a $20,000 car just because you can afford the payments.
The vote will be 8-1 because the Council doesn’t represent you.
Coliseum Part 2 is almost ready to launch. Congrats Bloomington.
Hasn’t Tari talked frequently about all the bad contracts done under former City Manager Tom Hamilton? Hasn’t he promised he would do better?
Are you lying just because you want a hotel Tari? Promise again that it won’t cost taxpayers a cent, just like former Mayor Markowitz and Tom Hamilton did concerning the Coliseum. Repeat it often enough and a couple of people might believe it.