By: Diane Benjamin
If you don’t pay attention to how Normal and Bloomington operate, once they start talking publicly about anything it’s already a done deal. Both Councils are stacked, so Renner and Koos can easily talk them into the latest declared “best practice”. Independent thoughts are too rare matter. Have some lunch.
Here’s what should happen if they “share”:
Both cities throw way to much money at economic development. They toss your bucks to the Economic Development Council, B/N Advantage, and Bloomington’s Downtown Business Association. Bloomington has an economic development employee.
If the cities share sales taxes, neither need employees doing economic development. Bloomington could ditch Austin Grammer – that would save $94,583.89 in salary and benefits (2015: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=5443). Bloomington paying an employee that would benefit both is silly. Then somebody needs to explain why both B/N Advantage and the EDC are needed. Seems like one of them could quit sucking taxpayer bucks since both supposedly do economic development. Pick one and shovel money to them.
Tari won’t need a downtown hotel anymore! Koos has two – they can share. Keep Bloomington BAR CENTRAL, obviously more video gaming is needed. Once the area is completely saturated, get Springfield to allow a casino. Gamble in Bloomington – stay in Normal. Share, Share, Share!
I wonder if Tari knows Koos wanted a second hotel so larger conventions could be attracted to Normal:
See page 3 of the Uptown report: http://www.normal.org/index.aspx?NID=1080
Gee Tari, it sure wouldn’t be nice to share sales taxes and then build a hotel to steal Normal’s convention business. Basic Econ 101 says that will also drive prices down. Brilliant!
Entertainment can stay in Bloomington since taxpayers have already been forced to pay for it. Doesn’t it take about 10 minutes to get from downtown Bloomington to Uptown? When IDOT is working on 51 North, see if ads and arrows can be embedded in the surface to direct traffic! Maybe the bike lanes can be utilized, just add some bright red arrows. Something has to be done about those pesky college kids walking against traffic and signals though. Maybe a wall could be built to keep them off Broadway.
It’s a shame Bloomington is planning to add to their library and Normal wants to build a new one. Two libraries 10 minutes apart. Another brilliant move. Evidently sharing is only for taxes.
Maybe property taxes should be shared too.
Bloomington charges 2.38053 for the City and Library
Normal only charges 1.5299 for the Town, Library, and Water Reclamation
(per $100 assessed value)
Maybe “best practices” really means comply peons.