By: Diane Benjamin
Today’s story: Chamber of Commerce declares “There Are Jobs Out There”.
Sure. Fast food, retail, and jobs with 10 years experience required doing things nobody has every heard of.
The average family income isn’t dropping because opportunities abound! https://blnnews.com/2016/03/14/bloomington-what-citizens-need-to-know/
McLean County – Median household income
- 2014: $60,460
- 2000: $67,873
- Percent change: -11%
The rag got worse with yet another anonymous editorial (probably by Mark Pickering) called Illinois Keeps Sticking It to Taxpayers.
Promising title, but after recapping the hell it is to live in Illinois if you are a taxpayer, he calls for higher taxes to get us out of this mess!
Illinois did that already!
We are now more in debt than before income taxes were raised.
Almost totally neglected were the local HUGE spenders taxing and taxing and taxing some more.
Too many layers of government was blamed – true, thanks for noticing. I see you are really fighting hard to change the system. Where’s your in-depth reporting on the actual cost so citizens are informed and fired up to fight for change?
Sorry, I forgot you don’t do any investigative reporting.
Let’s recap what Bloomington has done to their citizens:
Gas Tax – 4 cents per gallon expected to generate $1,000,000 (Now they are expecting $2,400,000-it was sold to the Council to fund roads)
Yes votes were: Mwilambwe, Schmidt, Painter, Fruin and Black
Amusement Tax – 4% expected to generate $1,000,000 (Now they only expect to receive $700,000)
Yes votes were: Mwilambwe, Schmidt, Painter, Fruin and Black.
Utilities Tax – Taxes Natural Gas/Water, Electricity, and Telecommunications expected to generate $2,700,000 (not enough info to see how much it is bringing in)
Yes votes were: Mwilambwe, Schmidt, Painter, Sage, and Black
Don’t forget the garbage tax and the coming water and sewer tax increases.
Let’s not forget the 1% Sales tax increase!
Evidently the City wants you to forget – the minutes from the 9/21/2015 meeting still haven’t been approved, so no minutes are posting saying WHO voted to raise them!
Let’s use the visual instead:
Bloomington used to be mostly insulated from the shenanigans in Illinois. Taxes weren’t constantly raised, businesses flourished.
Your buddy Renner got elected and brought Springfield politics to Bloomington. He thinks he is a developer who will make Bloomington great again.
Instead he is destroying the local economy. Thanks for sitting back and watching while hoping your building gets in on the deals.
We will not forget your part in the destruction.