By: Diane Benjamin
Tari: Congratulate your Economic Development people for bring Hy-Vee to town. It just cost you a Cub Foods. I wonder who Green Top Grocery will put out of business?
How many hotels were put out of business when Normal decided they needed a Marriott? What will happen when Normal’s second hotel opens? Still want a hotel in downtown Bloomington? The Chateau is already shaky, are they the next Cub Foods?
Obviously demand is limited by the ability of people who want to buy AND have the money to pay. Government doesn’t create new money for people to spend, they just shift where it is spent.
The citizens of Bloomington have less money to spend – THANKS to YOU!
Below is a recap of the taxes you passed to balance the budget last year.
Utility Tax $ 1,435,891 (Increase over last year)
Amusement Tax $ 660,452 (All new)
Motor Fuel Tax $ 1,584,371 (All new)
Total new taxes: $3,680,714
You are deciding how to spend close to $4 MILLION a year instead of the people who earned it.
The money isn’t even spent wisely. Every month the City ships big bucks from taxpayers to Springfield for legal services:
$50-60,000 every month: $600,000 – $720,000 @ year
Source: Bill and Payroll – Contracted Legal
This doesn’t include all the money spent with Peoria and Chicago law firms, or the money shipped out for consultants. Keep taking money from citizens and spending it out of town, more empty store fronts will appear Tari.
How much staff and legal expense was wasted on Paradigm and the Giebelhausen deal Tari?
You are spending a ton of money and batting 0-2!
I found an interesting link on the City website from Tari’s stacked budget committee: http://www.cityblm.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=8672
They’ve done extensive work on raising taxes. Maybe they haven’t gotten to potential cuts yet. Want to see more empty buildings? Take more money out of the economy, tell people where they have to spend what’s left because you choose their entertainment, and watch Bloomington’s decline continue. Just because you build it doesn’t mean people will come!
I noticed something interesting from Bills and Payroll approved at the last meeting: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8638
The number of City employees is listed below the payroll figures:
Total Employees: 449 Bi Weekly 5/29/15 (salaried)
Total Employees: 429 Weekly 6/5/15 (hourly)
Total Employees: 407 Weekly 5/29/15 (hourly)
The increase in hourly employees is probably due to seasonal hiring.
Add the 449 salaried and 407 hourly employees: 856 employees!
That’s one City employee for around every 90 citizens! Tari: Is your computer program wrong or is the truth of cutting positions being fudged?
Let’s get 90 citizens in a room and see if they think their 1 city employee is worth more tax increases.