By: Diane Benjamin
Yesterday I obtain an email address for an officer with the State Police who has knowledge of the Coliseum investigation. I sent him an email stating not only concession commissions were an issue, but the CITY employees who allowed the problems to happen. It’s unconscionable that David Hales allowed CIAM to operate in secret, publish fictions financial statements later debunked by audit, and then let the press believe the losses weren’t that bad. It is unconscionable that concession commissions were never verified and Hales, Renner and the Council allowed it to happen.
Does anybody think they are managing the rest of the City any better?
The City is attempting to make people believe the problems came to light when the new management took over. The citizens are smarter than that. I do know part of what the State Police are investigating are things I have written about that have nothing to do with concessions.
Associated Press put out Renner’s version: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/12/city-police-investigating-bloomington-coliseum-man/
Since AP doesn’t do investigative reporting, they forgot to ask some serious questions. Why did the City pay John Butler hundreds of thousands of dollars for equipment if they knew problems existed? Butler hadn’t produced any financial statement since October of 2015. He didn’t leave until March 2016. The City is paying a fortune for auditors to sort out the mess he left, so why the fast check to Butler? Again, David Hales?
Bloomington: Your City is fleecing you because they can. There is a need for Culture Change, but not Renner’s version. Government is supposed to only do the jobs citizens can’t, not redistribute your wealth to their buddies.
It’s not surprising the City turned to Bronner Group. I’ve written about them before: https://blnnews.com/2015/09/17/bronner-group-getting-your-money/
Friends of government get rich at your expense. Because David Hales, Tari Renner, and the Council didn’t do their job, citizens are scammed again.
Seriously, where are the candidates for Council who aren’t puppets? If none run for office, I can only assume citizens don’t mind being fleeced.