By: Diane Benjamin
The award-winning City Manger monthly reports won’t be winning any more awards of they don’t exist.
See the link above, nothing has been posted since January. David Hales doesn’t do these reports. The departments compile the information and hand it to Administration. Administration either:
- hasn’t put it all in a PDF and posted it
2. doesn’t want to.
Which one is it?
The Finance Department hasn’t posted any updated since the 2nd Quarter – October 2015. http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=36
Without any current financial data, Aldermen Black, Hauman, Painter, Buragus, and Mwilambwe voted to raise the cost of a Liquor License anyway. Adding a fee to each video machine got tabled – but it will be back. (Only cuts never come back)
Unless the aldermen have inside information, they don’t know how tax receipts are doing now. They were ahead of budget. Are they still? The last report was pre-Mitsubishi closing and the unemployment rate increasing. Did the liquor license fees get raised only because Renner could? He went into a LONG diatribe last night, followed by another one from fellow liquor commissioner Jim Jordan. When it takes that long to justify the increase, Renner knows he created enemies.
Maybe next November citizens can find out how the year is going when the financial statements finally get released for the year ending April 30. There is nothing better than current data. Of course all the info will be meaningless by then – six months into a new budget.
Meanwhile, raise taxes and fees. The huge video gaming income (free money for the City) isn’t enough to satisfy the tax and spend liberals ELECTED to represent you. As of January, with only SEVEN months included, Video Gaming income was $405,562. All the City had to do was cash the State checks.
Tari: Let me know which statement you are standing on:
More I say, we need more money!
We attack capitalism because we can.
We have better uses for your money than you do.
You make too much money, fork some over.
One more thing Tari. You mentioned again last night that nobody would want to build a hotel in downtown Bloomington without the Route 66 Visitors Center. Look up Route 66 Bloomington, Il on TripAdvisor. It’s the museum and beautiful old courthouse that draws people, not the Visitor’s Center. It was ALWAYS about the museum. Nobody bothered to market it before taxpayers were forced to fund it.