By: Diane Benjamin
Below are some consulting items I’ve found in the 2017 Detailed Budget: FY 2017 Budget Detail
There are others in Water Admin and Engineering that I didn’t post. Some items do require consultants.
ANNUAL COUNCIL RETREAT FACILITATOR SERVICES – $25,000.00
DEPARTMENT HEAD RETREAT FACILITATOR SERVICES – $12,000.00
LYNN MONTEI ASSOCIATES – MISC SERVICES $10,000.00
If this work is really needed, contract work is cheaper than adding more pensions and benefits to the budget:
Performance Auditor position was originally budgeted in FT salaries/benefits in FY14 but was moved to this account for contractual work. $116,000.00
Internal Auditor position was originally budgeted in FT salaries/benefits in FY14 but was moved to this account for contractual work. $94,430.00
Economic Development Consulting Services & Studies as Needed. $217,250.00
Project-based evaluation related to incentive requests City-wide and specifically in Downtown Bloomington and in the proposed Empire Street Corridor Redevelopment Project Area. Outside legal support for drafting incentive agreements. Studies necessary to create TIF Districts, SSA, BID, etc. to support economic development efforts. (In prior years the City contracted with the National Development Council on an annual basis for $60,000 for ongoing ED
support – that amount is now grouped into this budget line).
COMPENSATION CONSULTANTS $19,000
FAC MAINT Other Prof and Tech $80,000.00
Consultant fees for facility improvements.
Transfer to Cap Imp for Consultant fees for a program study of City use of space for personnel. $120,000
Consultant fees for a program study of City use of space for personnel $120,000
If Page 501 was really a transfer, it would have been listed as a negative number. Neither page shows the $120,000 as a negative.
What consultants aren’t budgeted? Watch the Council agenda.
Did you know:
SOL WASTE Recycle Transfer Fee $150,000.00
Budget for expenditures on contract for receiving recyclables with Midwest Fiber approved by the City Council on April 27, 2015. Due to current commodities trend, the recycle transfer fees are increasing drastically.