By: Diane Benjamin
Last night’s Bloomington City Council work session never did ONE thing, clarify the purpose of government. The elephant in the room is sucking the life out of the City because local government has no core values.
Alderman Fruin tried to start a discussion of Council priorities – start watching at 1:11. His words died.
The only values expressed, both by citizens during public comment and the aldermen, is we want it – it can’t be cut – hands off the stuff I like.
Former Mayor Jesse Smart thinks ALL the citizens of Bloomington need to pay for the BCPA because visitors come from out of town, and then spend money locally at downtown bars and restaurants. If they stay all night, surprisingly they can find a hotel without one being located downtown.
Wealth redistribution seems to be the purpose of local government. They want to tell you what entertainment you will pay for with higher taxes, the small percentage of local people participating is immaterial. Deal with it.
See this story from last November: https://blnnews.com/2015/11/23/bcpa-a-big-loser/
The Council kept mentioning an audit of the BCPA. Unless they are looking for fraud, what is being audited? The City has a list of expenses that revenue doesn’t come close to covering. They need an audit to see it?
Alderman Lower explained AGAIN other possible cuts are being ignored because the Budget Task Force picked only things THEY wanted to look at – start watching at 1:021. Of course he was ignored.
Maybe the next Council will understand that “Quality of Life” economics is bankrupting citizens. By the time taxpayers are forced to subsidize the BCPA, the Coliseum, the Zoo, three golf courses, the Pepsi Ice Center, a slew of parks, two pools, the Lincoln Leisure Center, and whatever else I forgot – they can’t afford to use any of them.
Council: Notice all the good paying jobs are fleeing Bloomington?
Good news though, the Council is now as sick of discussing solid waste as citizens are of hearing about it. At 1:58 Alderman Lower reminded the Council garbage pickup was totally covered by taxes citizens already paid not that long ago. Evidently Painter wants massive increases so they never have to discuss the issue again – she followed Lower.
Looks like all that was accomplished by the two hour round table is agreement they don’t have enough revenue. Expect increases.
One more note: Alderman Buragas was absent tonight, of course no mention as to why. Seems like getting 9 elected officials in the same room is just too difficult. (Two missed the last meeting)