By: Diane Benjamin
Monday night the Bloomington City Council approved this:
In case you forgot, the Council approved this payment at the March 27th meeting – PDF Page 253 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12448
The documentation for this meeting states the YWCA needs to money to continue operations until the end of their fiscal year. They are transporting people to doctor appointments and providing more assistance than Connect Transit offers. Funds are short because the State of Illinois doesn’t have a budget and United Way can’t provide it either.
The YWCA sent requests for money to MANY agencies including government and medical providers. No report is included saying how many of them provided money. The documentation doesn’t say how many people use this service. The documentation doesn’t say is they charge for this service. Obviously, if they do charge – it doesn’t cover the cost.
Note: Bloomington called this Economic Development. There is still no clear lawful justification for this expense.
That brings to me to this gem: http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/4-8-17%20Work%20Session%20Agenda.pdf
What “Strategic Planning” took place? Maybe darker windows so the public can’t see the empty seats? Smaller buses that actually fit the needs of the riding population instead of people-less monstrosities? Maybe stop dropping people off in the middle of the street endangering riders and other drivers?
Since the Montei led discussions with Bloomington were never about what government shouldn’t do, don’t expect a sudden realization that budgeting a $12 million+ loss every year isn’t sustainable.
From Book One of the budget passed in Bloomington last Monday:
This philosophy has never worked. Way too much spending in Bloomington is for the benefit of employees and their chosen recipients. Money is taken from citizens to make others richer.
People are leaving Bloomington and Normal. Living in the Socialist Utopia of full-service government isn’t affordable.
Listen closely, hear the coming crash?