By: Diane Benjamin
It was WONDERFUL only having 3 of the 5 candidates show up last night, the audience got much more information from the candidates than would have been possible with all 5 there. The room was packed with people wanting to hear what the candidates had to say.
If you didn’t attend or hear the live broadcast, audio is available HERE
Go to the end – 87:20 – and listen to Tari Renner’s closing argument. I know how it felt in the room, I’d like to know what people who didn’t attend think about his comments and tone.
5:05 – Tari claims all his amazing successes since becoming mayor have been accomplished with 100 fewer employees that in 2009. He states the City has 750 employees now. Since the City financial report to the State of Illinois for 2016 is WAY past due, see how many employees were reported for 2015:
What are those additional 125 employees doing Tari? The new garbage trucks were supposed to require fewer people. Admin spending is way up and every apartment in Bloomington is now being inspected causing higher rents because of increased fees to landlords. What are the rest of those people doing?
4:30 – Tari proclaims “reserves exceed what our policy calls for”. That is an admission by the sitting mayor (who wants you to give him 4 more years) that he has stolen more money from you than the city needs!
Tari rattled off the same list of awards he included Monday night that Bloomington has received from places most people have never heard of. Remember the story I did about the City BUYING the Financial Reporting reporting award? See it HERE I wonder how many on Tari’s list were bought?
Tari again claimed millennials won’t stay or move to Bloomington without amenities. The cost and type are evidently immaterial.
Liquor Commission – Tari claimed he could have added more members to avoid problems with the Open Meetings Act, but he chose to make himself the only member instead. Lisa Madigan will get around to a ruling in a year or two.
Tari claimed the City will get the $150,000 back they spent on the flamingo exhibit. He didn’t explain how.
Tari also claimed credit for Rivian. Um.
Tari claimed the old Coliseum managers got 66% of the concession revenue, and VenuWorks doesn’t. He forgot the City never saw how much CIAM was taking from concessions because nobody looked. How’s that State Police investigation going Tari?
Go to 73:00. Ian Bayne attempted to read what Tari wrote on this site because temperament was discussed numerous times. Tari AGAIN claimed he was protecting his son, something nobody believed then or now.
The weekend forecast is ICE. The entire debate is worth listening to while you are trapped at home. Kevin Lower makes some good points and Ian Bayne makes some good points. Future debates aren’t going to ask the questions heard at this one – most of them came from citizens.
Tari Renner had supporters there cheering his comments. Big government control of the local economy instead of freedom is obviously preferred by some citizens of Bloomington.
If the taxed to death fed-up majority don’t show up to vote, Tari will be re-elected.