How did I forget? 5 years ago Tari, Bloomington wasn’t sending around $50,000 PER MONTH to Springfield for legal!
By: Diane Benjamin
Tari Renner: We aren’t doing anything today that we weren’t doing 5 years ago. Inflation is causing the need for tax increases.
5 years ago the City didn’t have a Communication Director
5 years ago the Admin budget:
In 2010 – $597,570
Proposed for 2017: $1,334,297
5 years ago the city wasn’t spending money on properties downtown – Sugar Creek Packing. Why are City Economic Development people trying to buy more downtown properties Tari? Do you have plans nobody knows about yet?
5 years ago the city wasn’t abating taxes for everybody who asked. Common Ground is IN downtown Bloomington AND they sell locally grown produce. How do you think they feel when the City picked Green Top to win instead of them? Green Top don’t even have the money to build, but you are letting them out of taxes. District 87 came crying to the Council for money Monday night – your Green Top plan cost them money, now you want to cost them more with east side redevelopment.
Tari, YOU keep referring to the multiple tax increases – Amusement, Gas, Utilities – as one tax increase. It wasn’t. Just the Utilities tax was multiple tax increases! Calling it one tax increase doesn’t make it true Tari.
Tari, YOU keep saying there are no free lunches. Seriously? Can that line be dropped yet? Maybe the IRS would be interested in the free lunches you, Hales, and most of the Council consume. It’s called compensation Tari for which you aren’t being taxed. Yes, there are free lunches!
5 years ago you weren’t spending $1.6 million on a new video system at the Coliseum and another $200,000 for Point-of-Sale Equipment. Page 76: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8223
The Coliseum is an Enterprise Zone – just like Solid Waste. Why will garbage fees be increased because you want that fund to break even, but the Coliseum is allowed to lose money with no repercussions? Can you drop the Economic Benefits line now? Since the Coliseum COSTS taxpayers money through an increased Sales Tax and taxpayers have to cover the losses – it’s really redistribution of wealth!
5 years ago the Accelerated Payments to IMRF started – what did you do to stop it? Nothing, probably because it was hidden!
What else are you hiding?
Didn’t you attend TWO US Mayor’s Conferences this year Tari – at taxpayer expense? What about the travel by David Hales? You could show a LOT of goodwill with the people paying the bills if all travel to conferences was suspended indefinitely. I think I remember you saying National politics has no place in Bloomington. So, quit attending NATIONAL conferences featuring Barrack Obama, Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi. Their agenda also has no place in Bloomington!
Here’s an easy fix. The County thinks 1/4% Sales Tax is easier to stomach if they call it mental health. Pass the 1/4%, not 1%. The Budget Task Force hasn’t reported yet, the Financial Statements from 4/30/15 still aren’t released, and the Coliseum Financial Statements from 4/30/15 still aren’t released. The State hasn’t said how much money they are cutting from the cities yet. The Auditor’s letters still aren’t released. The citizens do not have the information required to support your contentions.
Garbage fees have already been raised. A new Amusement Tax was instituted. Gas Taxes are at .04 per gallon. Utilities taxes hurt the poorest people in Bloomington. Your Budget Task Force is going to raise garbage fees again. You just hired another consultant to figure out what other fees should be raised.
Seriously – you want to jam through a 1% increase because it has to be filed by October 1st?
You are repeating the same mistakes as the State of Illinois. They have never met a project that didn’t deserve to be funded. Citizens and businesses are fleeing Illinois because of their irresponsible taxing and spending.
Prove to the taxpayers they didn’t really screw up by electing you!