By: Diane Benjamin
A long string of local golfers took the mic last night to sing the praises of the City employees managing the three Golf Course. They urged the Council to pass the ordinance stating they were dropping any investigation of privatizing or selling any of the courses. Yes, David Sage – the Budget Task Force was a joke. A joke that you were forced to participate in to make it look like the city cared. Ditto the Citizens Summit. Ditto Public Comment. What citizens say is immaterial, the Council has no ability to cut spending when progressives slam them with propaganda and the opinions of fiscally conservative citizens don’t matter.
Let’s take a closer look at “GOLF”.
Only eight employees listed on the Total Compensation report for 2015 had “Golf” or “Greenskeeper” in their job title. See this link: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=5443
Description of “Misc”
*5 Includes retroactive pay, workers’ compensation, clothing allowances, vehicle benefits, retirement health savings contributions, moving expenses, tuition, reimbursements and health club reimbursements. No full-time employees received housing allowances, loans or bonuses. For employees who have separated from employment this includes payout of applicable leave time.
The salaries paid are more than the average FAMILY income. https://blnnews.com/2016/03/14/bloomington-what-citizens-need-to-know/
If a private company had been hired to manage the three golf courses, the City wouldn’t have these huge expenses. A private company would be paying salaries they can afford based on facts, not subsidizing employees with taxpayer money.
A private company would have done a better job “selling” rounds of golf because their livelihood depends on it. Customer service would be great for the same reason.
But government employees must be protected, therefore taxpayers will foot a $522,883 transfer from the General Fund next year. If golf rounds are down for the year it could go much higher.
Proposed Budget for 2017 – http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=9844
See page 10:
Transfer from General Fund to Golf: $522,883
Bloomington suffers from the same disease infecting Illinois.
Government employees must be protected.
We need their votes.
Another Alderman was missing last night – Buragas.
They don’t need to attend, only 5 are needed for a quorum. David Hales admitted on WJBC this morning that outcomes are already known before the meetings.