by: Diane Benjamin
Tari Renner and David Hales continue to proclaim the City has cut staff. Judge for yourself:
From the payroll report in Bills and Payroll for approval at Monday’s Council meeting: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9024
Bi-Weekly Payroll shows 448 employees
Weekly Payroll shows 423 employees
That’s a total of 871 employees. Some are seasonal, so compare that number with January:
January: 335 Weekly, 458 Bi-Weekly Total 793 http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8072
August shows 10 less bi-weekly employees than in January.
August shows 88 more weekly employees – those are most likely seasonal.
The early retirements to cut staff were offered in 2008.
Payroll was not listed on Bills and Payroll like it is now. The only number for Total Employees I found was in the Financial Statements issued as of 4/30/2009.
4/30/2009 total City of Bloomington 836 employees
2015 total employees is between 793 (without seasonal) and 871 (with seasonal).
There is no way to tell if the 2009 number included seasonal employees.
Regardless, the City hasn’t “shed” nearly 100 jobs. Maybe personnel is in the wrong place. In 2009 the City didn’t have a Communication Director or nearly as many Administrators.
Truth matters, citizens aren’t getting it. The local media needs to stop letting Renner and Hales spread mis-information.