By: Diane Benjamin
The City of Bloomington continues to hide the formerly transparent tax receipts. That means they are either way above projections or dropping like a rock. There is no way of knowing since transparency died. Thank Alderman Hauman for suggesting the City Manager’s Report doesn’t need to be done. I agree printing it was a waste of money, but not posting it!
I saw this on-line from September of 2015: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9197
It was presented as the reason to pass the 1% Sales tax increase.
That’s after all these tax increases (and probably some I missed)
4% Amusement tax – Est $1,000,000 for General Fund Page 16 http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6644
.04 per Gallon Gas tax – Est $1,000,000 Transportation Infrastructure Page 25 http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6644
Increase in Utility Taxes (Cable, Electricity, Natural Gas, Phone, Water) Est $2,700,000 Pension Funding Page 31 http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6644
Garbage increase – depends on size of the can, more households picked the smaller cheaper size than was expected.
Video Gaming Tax – First year – $700,000
Sunset clause was removed on the 1/4 Home Rule Sales Tax – Est $2,500,000 Passed originally for the BCPA, then Coliseum was added + General Fund Page 11: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6644
Total from the 1% Home Rule Sales tax increase is estimated at $9,600,000.
That’s total tax increases of at least $12,500,000 + $2,500,000 that was sold as being temporary!
See this post from January 2015: https://blnnews.com/2015/01/13/bloomington-council-is-a-joke-a-bad-one/
Add 2016 General Fund: $94,553,780, Total budget $186.3
Add: 2017 General Fund $104,794,506, Total budget $206.9
What causes “Structural Deficits”?
Tari Renner, David Hales, and the Council who stole your money and will need much more.
Big spenders NEVER take enough!
Home Rule Sales tax was $144,255 above expected.
Utilities Tax was $548,016 above expected.
Amusement Tax was $414,290 above expected.
Video Gaming was $77,911 above expected.
Gas Tax was $717,405 above expected.
Don’t look for a refund!