By: Diane Benjamin
On June 23, 2016 I posted an email from Alderman Hauman questioning why David Hales did a City Manager’s Report: https://blnnews.com/2016/06/23/hauman-shows-no-respect-for-citizens/
It looks like Hales agrees and is therefore not compiling the report anymore. For May, some data is in a folder – most is missing: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=9539
I’m sure posting real information, like tax receipts to date and library traffic, makes their job more difficult. Raising taxes is hard if receipts are above budget. Maybe tax receipts are dropping because the unemployment rate is up, that makes non-essential spending more difficult.
Taxpayers are now in the dark. Maybe library traffic is so bad citizens would balk at building an addition. Maybe the purpose for hiding tax receipts is the upcoming campaigns. Citizens aren’t entitled to data when an election is coming.
It’s way past time for concerned citizens to step up and run for office. These aldermen are up for reelection – if they choose to run again.
Kevin Lower Ward 1
Mboka Mwilambwe Ward 3
Joni Painter Ward 5
Scott Black Ward 7
Jim Fruin Ward 9
Lupe Diaz has declared he is running in Ward 5.
Bloomington is NOT a liberal progressive community, but that’s who got elected in the last election because too many people didn’t vote.
If you love tax increases, repeat the process next April.
Email me if you have an interest in running: firstname.lastname@example.org