By: Diane Benjamin
Previously I wrote about local school districts throwing away your money in penalties because some employees were paid more than allowed before they retired – thus spiking their pensions. https://blnnews.com/2015/05/24/unit-5-and-district-87-burn-your-money/
The City of Bloomington is doing the same thing! Their policy of allowing employees to accumulate sick days and getting paid for them at retirement is costing you much more than higher pensions: Chicago Tribune! Local media would never find this story, luckily Chicago still has a semblance of media.
Bloomington is covered at the end of the article.
Just Emily Bell’s (HR) retirement cost you $358,000 when her pension was boosted from $92,000 to $113,000.
15 other retirees cost the city another $1,000,000.
Hales is quoted saying he was new on the job and it was “operational failure”. He also claims it is now a priority to fix the problem. Hales has been City Manager since early 2009, why rush Dave?
Hales and the Council have known for YEARS what the consequences of accumulating sick days is. Hales has done nothing about it, just like Tom Hamilton before him.
Keep this in mind when your taxes are raised in September and Hales gets another fat raise.