By: Diane Benjamin
It was a pretty boring meeting except for the guy who probably showed up high and started verbally attacking an alderman. I say “high” because he has admitted in previous comments to being “high” and the police harassing him for no reason at all. He has also called himself from Mars. He was cut off, but he caused the Council to ask for clarification on what can be done about Public Comment. The guy really hates BlnNews and some of the Council obviously feel the same way. Changing the rules could be as easy as banning obvious public decency offenders from speaking for a set number of meetings. The Council needs to keep in mind these meetings are on tape. Abuses by the Mayor and Council won’t be tolerated, but this guy shouldn’t be either. An officer is always present at the meetings – call him in.
At the end of the meeting Diana Hauman clarified who is going to Washington DC at your expense for One Voice: Tari Renner, Austin Grammer, Amelia Buragas, and Diana Hauman. $1550 each plus whatever other expense they incur. Bills and Payroll referenced different attendees.
Since Jim Fruin mentioned people are asking him who to vote for mayor, and I’m sure he is telling people who should replace him in ward 9, the people asking should know Jim Fruins voting record:
Jim Fruin voted for the .04 per gallon Gas Tax
Jim Fruin voted for the 4% Amusement Tax
Jim Fruin voted against the Utilities tax increase
Source for above: https://blnnews.com/2014/07/28/dont-forget-who-raised-your-taxes/
Jim Fruin voted for the 1% Sales Tax increase: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=10138
Does Fruin’s opinion matter? Only if you want a mayor and Ward 9 alderman willing to fleece the citizens for even more money! The State wants more money, so does Unit 5. Heartland raised your property taxes. Where does it stop?
During City Manager comments, David Hales bemoaned the condition of the State and possible funding cuts to cities. His attitude implied more tax increases will be needed to make up the difference. Cuts are never suggested unless to police and fire, obvious scare tactics.
Yes, who you vote for in February and April matters!
Watch the meeting here: