By: Diane Benjamin
The assault on Bloomington taxpayers continues at Monday’s City Council meeting. The target isn’t on citizen’s backs – it’s on their wallet and their Quality of Life. Other people need your money more than you do – the City Council will gladly hand it over and claim Economic Development!
Is Kroger really going to not build 2 blocks away from their current location without your money?
Is Sam Leman Toyota going to move out of Bloomington if they don’t get your money?
You haven’t heard that one?
Kroger is back because their plans have slightly changed – they actually want a little less money. THEY DESERVE ZERO! Moving across the street is going to happen anyway, Bloomington is just an easy mark because under Renner EVERY project has been subsidized. He relishes being the guy everybody runs to for money. King Renner thrives on redistributing your wealth to people who don’t deserve it. Being a professor, he has NO concept of capitalism – Invest your own money and fail or succeed on your own!
Sam Leman Toyota sees everybody else getting money, so they want some too! They claim Toyota is demanding they build a better dealership. That is immaterial. They just bought the dealership from Dennison, it’s theirs to run with their own money.
They want help building just east of Quick N EZ on Morrisey, but they need $700,000. Work needs to be done to the property before they can build. The City documentation claims these cost are extraordinary, and therefore you need to foot the bill. (They need to address a sanitary sewer line running through the property and storm water runoff)
Let’s say you really want to buy a cute house but the entire kitchen needs ripped out and re-done. The house has been sitting vacant for YEARS. What do you do? I would subtract the price of a new kitchen from what the seller is asking and say “take it or leave it!”.
Instead of offering less for the property, Leman wants you to pay the difference! Brilliant move. The property has been sitting undeveloped for how many decades?
Since Greyhound Properties (the listed owner) had the second installment taxes sold at sale, one would think they want it sold. See the property on the County website Here
Are more Toyotas going to be sold because Leman has a new dealership? Maybe, but it also means that less Nissans, Chevys, and Hondas will be sold. The number of new vehicles sold every year is a finite number. Tax receipts aren’t going to pour into the City.
Citizens will pay more in taxes in order to pay from everything else Leman won’t be paying for. (and Kroger, and Greentop, and Dicks Sporting Goods, and, and, and, . . . .)
See the documentation for the meeting HERE
The only way to stop crony capitalism in Bloomington is to put different people in charge!
Think sitting out the local elections is an option? It isn’t.