By: Diane Benjamin
Hire-Back is more correctly called overtime. Last night’s Bloomington City Council Work Session lamented the costs to the City – $130,000 per year.
One thing ALWAYS left out is how much money the City of Bloomington makes from all those kids drinking every Thursday through Saturday!
Through October, the City collected almost 228,000 in video gaming, and $1,835,089 in Food and Beverage Taxes. Add another $4.8 Million in Home Rule Sales tax. How much does Bloomington earn from DUI’s and ordnance violations? How much do the bar owners pay for a liquor license?
I wonder how much of that government income is generated Thursday-Saturday in downtown Bloomington? Do the taxes and fees generated far outweigh the police overtime? Chief Heffner did say a lot of tickets are never paid because the offender isn’t from Bloomington. Maybe the police should try a little harder to find violators. Checked with ISU and IWU?
How many hours of staff time has been spent for YEARS trying to solve the problem?. Just hit Play:
Uptown Normal doesn’t have bars open until 2:00am. Mayor Koos decided a long time ago he didn’t want a bunch of drunks wandering around his precious creation late at night. He sent the kids to Bloomington.
Bloomington will never solve the problem because they WANT and NEED the revenue. Therefore, downtown Bloomington will never be Uptown, it’s just office space during the day and a free-for-all on the weekends. Nobody is going to stay in a downtown hotel with mobs of drunks blocking traffic while they search for the best bar scene that night.
Video of a typical night in downtown was included in Chief Heffner’s presentation – watch it around 35:00. Mayor Renner said he has seen it much worse.
Can the Council quit pretending now they want to solve the downtown problem? Will they quit wasting staff time creating presentations that do nothing?
Not with this bunch.
If Bloomington doesn’t want to pay the police overtime – close the bars at 10:00pm.
Um, that would create police calls all over the City as the kids drink elsewhere.
Maybe if Bloomington wants to stop college kids from drinking, they can hire babysitters for them. Probably cheaper than the police.
One more idea: Turn the Coliseum into an indoor bar mall! Force all the 2:00am bar owners to move there. Take out all the chairs and allow the bars to build their own site. Charge a City admission fee to the mall, then let the kids wander from bar to bar in the safety of the mall! All bars not in the mall must close by 10:00.
TWO problems FIXED – the Coliseum would actually make money!