By: Diane Benjamin
East Side Highway meeting tonight: 6:00-9:00 Central Catholic High School
If you aren’t protesting your property assessed value – you are a sheep being led to slaughter. I’m sure it says how and where to protest on the letter you received.
I finally listened to the video from Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Here’s the facts:
- Bloomington streets and sewers are in despicable condition
- Past Councils did NOT budget the money to repair and replace on a regular basis
- Homeowners in older parts of town could be liable for a lot of the cost because some areas have obsolete sewage connections
- Renner/Hales plan to fix everything in 5 years – no budget cuts were discussed. Either tax increases or massive borrowing will be needed.
- It’s close to an election year, so plans always pop up.
Alderman Buragas again stated that she can’t see spending money on new roads and sewers while the City has many blighted areas. (Looks like another attack on The Grove) She has no trouble supporting the Creativity Center which includes yet another theater, dance studios, and other programs the private sector would provide if the need warranted. She claimed donors were promised things, evidently contracts with developers aren’t promises.
Alderman Lower had the best idea – privatize it so donations aren’t controlled by the whims of the Council.
Public-Private partnerships mean private does whatever they want, public funds the majority of it.
Alderman Lower is 100% correct.