By: Diane Benjamin
Tari was on WJBC yesterday talking about the budget:
He claims the City costs go up 2% every year, the County and Normal just increase taxes and its no big deal. He wants the same powers.
Tari and the interviewers agreed that government isn’t run like a business. Nobody mentioned that maybe it showed be! The discussion was of course on Quality of Life. the BCPA being a part of that. Want to know why Champaign’s budget is MUCH less than Bloomington? Quality of Life. As tax increases are jammed through by the feckless Council, how is your Quality of Life?
Rental inspections came up. Is it too difficult to only inspect when there is a complaint? Some years ago the Council decided to inspect all rental properties, but the budget has never existed for it. Tari doesn’t want to contract the work because he “would lose control”.
It sure sounds like he is going to ask the Council to pass whatever the Budget Task Force brings to them in September – no discussion – no changes – no input from the public. Party Time! Yippee (Is the Council really this stupid?)
Mr Transparency claims the City isn’t doing anything different from 2-3 years ago, it’s inflation. Tari, here’s just a couple of examples showing you are wrong:
- Nora Dukowitz
- David Hales budget has almost tripled
- How about spending on the Coliseum:
Replace Video System at the Coliseum for $1.6 million
Upgrade Point of Sale system at the Coliseum for $200,000
Repairs to HVAC, Chiller, Plumbing & Electrical Work at the Coliseum for $200,000
LED lighting in main seating area at the Coliseum for $250,000
Building Automated System at the Coliseum for $50,000
Coliseum-Test, Balance, & Commission Smoke Control System-Faithful & Gould Study (Life & Safety) for $35,000
Coliseum-Allowance for Modifications to Smoke Control System-Faithful & Gould Study (Life & Safety) for $175,000
By the way Tari, are you ever going to tell the Council the truth or keep pretending you have to renew the contract with CIAM? Ever going to see how much Butler has taken he wasn’t entitled to? Tari? Tari?
One more tip Tari: Check how much reported as suites and ticket sales is actually TRADE. Then check the commission CIAM paid themselves on TRADE. Then check what was actually traded. Hint: it didn’t benefit the City.