By: Diane Benjamin
City Manager David Hales was on WJBC with Scott Laughlin yesterday. The interview is the perfect example of the media not forcing the truth from a City official. Maybe Scott didn’t know what questions to ask. You can listen to the interview here:
Yes, it’s painful, but the part that interested me starts at 7:20.
Scott mentioned that a speaker at public comment Monday (obviously a BlnNews reader!) brought up concessions at the Coliseum and she urged the council to not approve the scoreboard purchase unless financial data was disclosed. Hales claimed the City knows in “great detail” what the concession sales are. He went on to explain the City hires independent auditors to audit the “Coliseum”. Hales said all the audit reports are on-line, there for everybody to see. Nice spin David.
Here is the latest available page Hales is referring to: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=7481 Page 10
Questions David SHOULD have been asked:
Who does the Coliseum receive a percentage of the food and beverage concession sales from?
Answer: BMI Concessions – John Butler
Is BMI Concessions audited?
How does the City know they are getting their fair share when BMI Concessions won’t produce any reports generated on the CITY OWNED Point of Sale equipment? The taxpayers are even buying them NEW Point of Sale Equipment!
David Hales is a master of political spin. The only person he is protecting is John Butler! Why are you protecting Butler, David?
Concession Revenue History for the Coliseum – NOT BMI concessions, all are for year ended 4/30
- How do you know John Butler isn’t stealing from the taxpayers?
- Why has the revenue paid to the City dropped significantly?
- Why is the City re-negotiating a contract when performance is so poor?
- John Butler gets a salary from the Coliseum (I think, that’s also a secret). Butler gets commissions and management fees too. He also gets whatever money BMI concessions makes, since the above numbers are between 15% and 42% OF GROSS SALES, Butler could be raking in tons more money from a CITY owned asset.
- The Coliseum isn’t making money, financial impact is nothing more than redistributing tax dollars to businesses that benefit from the Coliseum’s existence.
- Dixon Illinois lost $55,000,000 by theft WHILE their financial statement were audited. BMI Concessions is NOT audited, how much did Bloomington lose?
- It’s your job to mange the City and the Coliseum. Obviously either you aren’t capable or you and John Butler are working together to keep citizens in the dark. Which one is it David?
- Where in the City’s contract with CIAM is BMI Concessions authorized? Funny, I can’t find it.
The only way the City of Bloomington can restore faith in the Coliseum is to completely sweep the current management. An independent firm with a contract favoring taxpayers must be created. If CIAM is re-hired, the Coliseum will continue to fail.
Go back the interview. Previous to this discussion is Hales spinning the video boards purchase. Knowing how he spun concession sales, do you believe anything he said?