By: Diane Benjamin
The vote to raise the Sales Tax was rushed through the Bloomington City Council on purpose. Normal wanted more money, so Tari fixed the vote for Chris Koos. The reason given was the County’s year-end – they had to have their 1/4% fast.
Instead of voting on just the 1/4% increase requested by Alderman Sage, Renner cut off any talk of not voting for the entire 1%. The Council had little data, just Renner claiming a “structural deficit”.
See the chart below. Major Revenue as of 8/31/15 if up:
That’s May 1st – August 31st.
Video Gaming Revenue won’t be received until the State has a budget. (Maybe Tari should call Mike Madigan and tell him Rauner was elected by the entire State, Madigan by a tiny sliver.)
The 7 YES council votes need to explain why they voted to raise taxes without any data.
Tari needs to explain where his structural deficit is. Revenue to date is way up over last year. Is Tari anticipating a collapse?
I wonder if Tari is going to declare Bloomington now has money for soccer fields and Connect Transit?
http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9212 Page 4 (as of August 2015)