By: Diane Benjamin
If my Internet hadn’t been down AGAIN for most of the day, I’d look up the video. Maybe you remember Renner talking about downtown: “We wouldn’t want a Jiffy Lube on the corner”.
Did you elect a Mayor or god? Who gave him a right to decide what goes where? Maybe Jiffy Lube did a market survey and people downtown want a Jiffy Lube! Mayor god says they can’t build there. Really? So much for capitalism in Bloomington.
More anti-free market action was on the agenda and supported by everybody but Alderman Lower. Kevin got laughs from the crowd when he said passing the Sales Tax break for Green Top Grocery would have an upfront cost. He can explain what he meant, but here’s the facts:
- The Council made a big point of this area being a food desert (very funny)
- Karen Schmidt stated the neighborhood people will just be eating better food
- Evidently nobody outside the neighborhood will shop there because the next point was ignored
- Wherever these shoppers used to shop will see a DECREASE in business, even the local junk food stores
- Since their business decreases, so does the Sales Tax
- Since Green Top will play by different rules, the City will GET LESS REVENUE
Economics, mayor. Get it? Happy now? Alderman Buragas doesn’t get it. See her comments at 1:27:16. It doesn’t cost the City anything. Sure. The entire rest of Bloomington will have to pay more taxes to subsidize the government approved economic development.
They didn’t stop there. Bloomington residents will also subsidize moving a business from Normal to Bloomington. Maybe Normal can subsidize moving one from Bloomington in return. Great economic development. Colonial Plaza may become another TIF district, thus rewarding another friend of government – the developer. Again, the rest of Bloomington will have to pay more so government gets what they want. Businesses like Dick’s Sporting Goods now expect subsidies since government hands out cash like candy.
Watch the video at 1:59:35. Yet another City employee blaming problems on past City leaders and their planning. Of course, the current batch of City clowns are so much smarter, not like that old bunch. Again, sure. Local government has been striving for complete control at least since the Coliseum was built. Their attempts at control bury taxpayers in debt and high taxes. Control is the last thing government should have because they have endless money to achieve it. Maybe next election voters should try free market people!
On the $358,000 taxpayers paid because Emily Bell spiked her pension:
Don’t miss Alderman Lower asking David Hales when he knew about the pension spiking – see 1:05:05. Can anybody say incompetence? He admitted he had no idea what was happening while the City was getting bills from IMRF. Did he want to keep the penalties because he is expecting a big windfall? Would spiking even had been talked about if the Chicago Tribune hadn’t made Bloomington look like fools? Emily Bell wasn’t union, but Hales claims he had no authority over spiking her pension. Watch Alderman Buragas play cover for Hales (uniformed cover) starting at 1:08:53.
As usual, many of the public comments were great. Too many were the Green Top people pleading for help, fast forward through them. Hales was hammered at the end by fire personnel for his performance on WJBC. They should have called for his resignation. Public Comment begins at 2:28.