By: Diane Benjamin
I remember heated discussions over Master Plans. The Council was told they were advisory only. Just because they passed, it didn’t mean the Council had to implement them.
Not according to Special Meeting tonight – 6:05 pm.
It’s really boring to spend money on funding pensions, repair streets, and maintain infrastructure, so former councils opted for more exciting things like entertaining you.
This Council – under Democrat Tari Renner – wants to do both. Tari also thinks he can also promote economic development by throwing millions at it. Funding for pet projects are prioritized (bike lanes, bike paths, Connect Transit, Route 66 Visitors Center, downtown hotel, Coliseum remodel, and library expansion) while tax receipts to date are now hidden! Transparency died.
Expect more tax increases. Documentation for the special meeting call for taxing and borrowing. The taxes already increased are helping fund roads, but that leaves $276,680,000 unfunded. They want to spend that much in the next 5 years. Mortgaging Bloomington’s future is the next “Master Plan”. It won’t happen if Renner if chucked at the next election, unless Tari is trying to set the spending in stone so it can’t be changed when he’s gone.
If non-essential spending was suspended for 5 years, the number would be easier to take. That will never happen since this council doesn’t know the difference between essential and non-essential.
Read the documentation here: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=10835
Page 18: As a home rule unit of government in Illinois, the City has no legal debt limit
Starting on page 17, area cities are listed with the amount of their debt. Debt in other cities is immaterial unless you want to be just like them.
Residents need to read the entire report. Your current leadership doesn’t think projects should be funded with taxes you already pay. If they have a master plan, you need to fund it and/or pay the costs to borrow.
You have been setup with Enterprise Funds and deferred maintenance while their version of “Quality of Life” has sucked your wallet.
Think before you vote next time!
Don’t miss a new City Hall – page 26.
Saturday I saw gas for $2.01 a gallon. If both local governments hadn’t stolen your money, it would have been $1.97.