By: Diane Benjamin
Yesterday the Pantagraph did a story about County union employee salary increases: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/mclean-county-highway-workers-get-raises/article_e1a807b1-6dcc-535b-83dd-f39b4b00079f.html
This paragraph is in the story:
Second, the County negotiated with their union to avoid pension spiking. The City of Bloomington changed the policy for new hires, but they continue to expect citizens to pay pension spiking costs when it’s easy to avoid. Will the Pantagraph ask them why?
David Hales claimed at the Committee of the Whole meeting last night the Coliseum has a tough time its first couple years, so he expects VenuWorks will as well.
Documents from the beginning of the Coliseum are no longer on-line, but I have them. Total Revenue by year per CIAM reports unless noted:
2012 $3,728,183 (Audited)
2013 $3.502,252 (Audited)
2014 $3,864,740 (Audited)
2015 $2,587,395 (Audited)
2016 Not available
The Coliseum has NEVER met the projections used to justify issuing bonds. But, Gross Revenue began to decline when David Hales became City Manager. The Coliseum had a chance for success before Hales failed to supervise operations, especially concessions. David, the revenue numbers show DECLINE from the first year, not a struggle. I hope you expect the opposite from VenuWorks.
Misleading statements aren’t attractive David. Video below.
Don’t miss Diane Hauman at 1:56 claiming we HAVE to accommodate millennials who want to ride bikes to work. Oh, and we need charging stations in parking garages. The discussion that took place was on hiring Bloomington’s very own Traffic Engineer to help implement Complete Streets. Complete Streets should be reason enough to dump the radicals on the Council!
Catch Renner at 1:59 taking credit again for the 300 mayors at an US Conference of Mayors who voted 100% to adapt Complete Streets. The other 19,000+ mayors across the country didn’t Tari. Those mayors didn’t waste their time and taxpayer money at your party.
Just Hit play for David Hales comments: