By: Diane Benjamin
Two Council meetings ago one person complemented the Council (during public comment) on how much better they are at working together. Just hit play:
The Council “working together” has gotten taxpayers huge deficit spending and a 1% Sales tax increase. Expect more increases soon. Is their job to “work together” or represent their constituents?
Last summer Mayor Renner handpick a Budget Task force. It was a brilliant strategy for making citizens think he cares. Some members didn’t live in Bloomington and no conservatives were appointed. David Hales attended all the sessions and steered discussions to where he wanted them to go.
A Citizens Summit was held prior to the Budget Task Force, but the cuts proposed by citizens weren’t what Renner and Hales wanted to hear. Therefore, the Budget Task Force was created. What citizens wanted to see cut was bypassed. These are some of the cuts the Summit proposed:
- Expensive downtown lighting
- Coliseum subsidies
- BCPA plays in the Park
- Bike paths
- Downtown ornamental signs
- Real estate purchases
- Zoo expansion
- Extensions to Constitution Trail, especially north
- Library expansion
See the entire report here: Citizens’ Priority Survey Results
TUESDAY night the Council will again discuss the findings of the Task Force. Some of the Council members ranked items they want to discuss, the highest ranked items are:
Alderman Lower did not rank their findings on principle. He was not asked to be on the Task Force, and none of his previously suggested cuts were considered. None of the suggestions from the Citizens Summit were included either.
To prove the Renner Dog and Pony Show is fixed, look at what received ZERO votes:
The Council needs their $50,000+ per month legal team from Springfield, not to mention the Chicago and Peoria lawyers called in to assist.
got NO votes either – not even to David Hales’ bloated Administrative staff.
Once again the results are fixed. The only way you will be represented on the Council is to elect people who know what that means. The current bunch doesn’t care.
Watch for extreme weeping and gnashing of teeth TUESDAY night. Alderman Lower will be marginalized because he is the scary guy with legitimate places to cut. He can’t be allowed to stop the progressive agenda.
The Highland supporters need to be out in force. I hear it would be a great place for some public housing. Sick Leave Buy Back will be off the table, so will downtown hireback.
Cluck, cluck, cluck.