By: Diane Benjamin
Transparency must be dead:
No Coliseum reports have been posted on-line since 4/30/15. (Meanwhile the media is instructed to report false information about real losses)
City Manager Monthly Reports haven’t been posted since December 2015.
Sewer rates will increase:
Providing the sanitary sewer system is no longer an essential government service the taxes citizens already pay cover. Bloomington put sewers in an Enterprise Fund just so they can raise rates. This frees the General Fund from having to absorb the costs. Citizens will pay more so Renner/Hales are free to be developers. Expect increases soon.
By 2026, the typical customer will be paying $11.79 more a month – $141 per year. See this document: 8C-1.Sewer & Stormwater rates ATTACHMENT 1 – breakdown
Meanwhile, median household income in McLean County is declining: http://patch.com/illinois/palatine/top-30-illinois-counties-largest-decline-median-household-income-0
- 2014: $60,460
- 2000: $67,873
- Percent change: -11%
With the closing of Mitsubishi and the State Farm exodus, the trend will continue. Announcing new retail and fast food joints will never replace the incomes lost.
The City has decided to keep all three golf courses and manage them with City employees: Golf RESOLUTION 1
The resolution contains this phrase:
The City owns the courses. City employees run the courses. City taxpayers are responsible for all expenses and capital improvements. How is golf a public-private partnership?
Tucked in the Golf Financials document is this – New Hires: Council Budget Work Session 03122016 Final (click to enlarge)
Didn’t the Council just lament the sad state of rental properties and demand higher inspection fees? Code Enforcement?
Look at the salaries of the new hires. Then look at the medium HOUSEHOLD income above. 4 of the 5 new positions pay more than the average total County household income.
Finally, if you still don’t know why Tari Renner and most of the Council need to be replaced – read this document: 5 Priorities Memo DH Revisions DRAFT
Free market capitalism in Bloomington has been replaced by government makes the decisions. The declining economy will continue if government doesn’t get out of the way.
All referenced documents are available here: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=2
Don’t blame Hales. Renner demanded he comply or get out. Hales is doing what he is told to do.
Regret not electing a libertarian yet?