By: Diane Benjamin
The Pantagraph has a video on-line of their mayoral candidate interviews. See the video below. Yes, as Tari likes to say FACTS do matter. The video is less than an hour – watch it.
Diane Hauman is already planning to increase fees for garbage service even though a January 17, 2017 presentation was given to the Council showing Solid Waste would end the year in the black. Did Hauman not read the packet? These numbers show there is NO NEED for increased fees. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=11892
Hauman also claimed that one person’s needs are another person’s wants. A wonder which one the downtown dog park is?
The Coliseum was never mentioned, but this chart showing revenues of $5,710,106 is fiction. Of course, numbers from the year ended last April still aren’t available.
Tari Renner again claimed the City has 750 full-time employees and implies the City is making do with fewer employees. Facts do matter Tari. Below are the numbers reported to the State of Illinois for full-time employees. The City of Bloomington now has far more employees than when the early buyout was offered! A lot of the $40,000,000 increase in spending is going to additional employees!
2009: Here 599
2013: Here 583
2014: Here 592
2015: Here 583
2016: No data available because the City hasn’t issued financial statements from 4/30/2016
These numbers were reported before David Hales supposedly saved the City with early retirements:
2007: Here 690
2008: Here 690
Renner and Hauman both justified all the tax increases by saying they were dedicated for pensions and streets. Tari did mention one was for the “structural deficit”, the Pantagraph missed that in their story. Pension funding and streets are what citizens expect their taxes to fund. Citizens can’t garner more income just because they want to buy something, the city under this mayor does – Tari steals from your wallet and brags about receiving awards for pension funding instead of budgeting the additional expense.
Hauman claimed the mayor has no power since he/she doesn’t vote. NOTHING gets on the agenda without Tari approving it. Likewise, things other people want on the agenda never make it – like spending cuts.
Once again Tari claimed that City property taxes are flat. Yes, the rate hasn’t gone up but the assessed value of your house has. Therefore property taxes aren’t flat. Every time the value of your house increases, Tari takes more of your money. The City claims they are only taking .13 cents. They leave out the library got another .03 in 2015, and the township got .02. The Bloomington City Council approves all three, so .18 is more appropriate.
Don’t miss Tari again claiming there or no “free lunches” at 42:30. He even said he wished he was the “king” of free lunches. He is! Check his PCard spending.
I wonder if the Pantagraph noticed any false statements?