By: Diane Benjamin
I’m sure you’ve seen Bloomington’s symbol:
According to dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/progressive
Read the other definitions at the link above.
Here’s the problem:
Government is using YOUR money.
The BCPA was progress. Were voters told the BCPA would bleed red ink? Improvement? Better conditions?
The Coliseum was progress. The voters didn’t want it, but government wanted progress. It BLEEDS red ink.
Now Tari wants a downtown hotel. The feasibility study is two years old. Since the study in February 2014: Mitsubishi has closed, Country Financial is out-sourcing jobs overseas, and a local business a week is closing permanently. The study erroneously claims McLean County is growing. See the study here: HVS-Feasibility Study-Proposed Bloomington Hotel – presentation 10Feb2014
Did the study forget to include the Chateau? Is that the hotel Tari is planning on putting out of business by putting one downtown? I see lots of other hotels in the study, the Chateau is missing. Reform?
What about the ancient infrastructure downtown Tari? How much will it cost to upgrade for a hotel? Has anybody checked with IDOT about putting a walkway across a State Highway?
Bottom line Bloomington:
Experimenting with your money isn’t the job of local government.
Your government has been “progressive” for decades. They plan with your money. Then they leave office and the mess created to the next mayor and council. It’s happening again with Tari.
The BCPA was supposed to spur economic development downtown.
The Coliseum was supposed to spur economic development downtown.
Now a hotel is supposed to spur economic development downtown.
None has and none will.
The Council really can’t be this stupid, can they?
I will make one prediction:
Amelia Buragas will say: “If somebody wants to invest $40,000,000 in downtown we should welcome them”. (the details are immaterial)
Next election April 2017.