By: Diane Benjamin
2013 is the budget Tari inherited when he took office.
2017 is all his.
I hope the local media quits letting Renner state he isn’t doing anything new and the budget is just increasing 2% per year. Both are lies. Look at Legal expenses:
2017 Total Legal $1,325,308 FY 2017 Budget Detail Page 105
2013 Total Legal $817,581 FY 2013-11710d Legal
Increase of $507,727
That’s more than a 38% increase!
Legal Salaries without benefits:
Todd Greenburg was the head of Bloomington’s inside legal department in 2013. Tari dumped him. He wasn’t replaced.
Contract and Outside Legal expense:
Budgeted contract legal in 2013: $200,000
Budgeted contract legal in 2017: $700,000 with another $100,000 for other law firms
The $700,000 is sent to Springfield.
“Buy Local” is for the peons, not government.