By: Diane Benjamin
Besides the two aldermen who didn’t care enough about their constituents (Painter/Hauman) to actually attend the Bloomington City Council meetings, one other moment proved the complete incompetence of government. Government uses your money, so logic, common sense, and fiscal responsibility don’t need to be deployed.
Back in July of 2014 the Council voted to start paying Connect Transit $62,178.50 a year to rent a building with holes in the roof. The City had been using the property for two years for FREE.
Last year the City bought the truly disgusting Sugar Creek Packing property for $245,000. Common sense would make most people believe it should have been bought for less than $10,000 due to the costs of demolition that would obviously be needed. At the time Renner/Hales tried to make the Council believe other people were interested in the property, so they had to buy it quick. Anybody aware of developers wanting to build downtown? No, not the two that plan to use taxpayer money to do it! Any free market people? If you know any, let me know.
Here’s the moment: Steve Rasmussen, Assistant City Manger, proclaimed the south side of Bloomington looks bad. He claimed if the City didn’t own the properties, the owners would most likely be forced to demolish or repair.
Steve, a private company DID own Sugar Creek Packing. The property was for sale for years, where was Code Enforcement? Why weren’t the owners forced to clean up the property? Instead, the City has visions of a downtown government complex – so they paid way more than anybody else would, and then voted last night to spend $245,000 more cleaning up the mess (If cost overruns happen, even more). Hit play:
Many tax increases later, the taxpayers will own dirt.
The roads are still disgusting, the budget isn’t balanced, more fee increases are coming – but you will own dirt. I’m sure the old Bus Barn will be next. Renner has endless places he needs your money to make pretty.
The library wants to become a destination, therefore they must expand. Just like the Coliseum, what taxpayers want is immaterial.
Quality of Life mentality started destroying the local economy when the Coliseum was passed. They ran out of other people’s money years ago. They just aren’t facing reality yet.
Any doubts yet why there is no way to recall elected officials?