By: Diane Benjamin
The obvious alien writer at the Pantagraph, Steve Vogel, demanded .04 a gallon gas tax increase today. Maybe he sneaked into the country when the old Soviet Union dissolved. Maybe he was dropped on his head. He thinks the City needs more money for roads.
Citizens expect their government to handle:
The City of Bloomington wants to raise Liquor Licenses because they don’t want to pay for policing the mess they created with downtown bars.
The Water Fund was robbed at $2.4 million so the Coliseum could have it.
NO money was spent on roads a few years ago, far less than is needed is ever budgeted. I bet Tari would create toll roads if he could. Allocating taxes already paid to roads just takes all the fun out of being king.
Stevie, how much does Hales and the Council throw away on consultants? Millions?
The City punted more the $1 million paying Sick Leave Buy Back. Another $1.2 million on new signs for the Coliseum.
How about buying the Sugar Creek Property and then spending more to clean it up – another half a million?
Don’t forget the $50,000 – $60,000 a month sent to Springfield for legal!
Food. Of course taxpayers are required to feed their royalty.
Bloomington’s roads suck because Bloomington’s leaders don’t want to spend money on things citizens expect, want, and need – like roads!
Stevie – the citizens have been taxed enough. Utility taxes (that State Farm is somehow exempt from, but County Financial isn’t), Amusement taxes, gas taxes, garbage increases, SALES Tax. It’s getting hard to keep up!
Add in Hales’ exploding Administrative budget, and only you thinks this clown Council and Mayor deserve more money.
Let’s all open the windows and throw out dollar bills. Let Hales, Renner, Buragas, Hauman, Painter, and Black chase them. Who needs government mandated entertainment venues when citizens can create a better show?
Stevie closed with saying a new retail store will be building across the street from Meijer. Everybody celebrate. The monkeys sucking Economic Development money landed minimum wage jobs. The millions tossed to Economic Development are REALLY working great.
Jim Karch reported roads will take $9.5 million a year just to get to FAIR. https://blnnews.com/2015/05/12/13-7m-9-5m-what-tari-didnt-want-to-hear/
Bloomington is now producing minimum wage jobs while losing the good jobs.
Here’s a plan: Put a tax on government employees. With their lavish salaries and benefits, taxing the rich is popular right now. Feel the Bern?
Start with an 80% tax on Hales.