By: Diane Benjamin
“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.”
–William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
Just this year the City of Bloomington created a Transportation Committee, a Police Review Board, and a Downtown Task Force. All were created to CONTROL. When government gets bigger and bigger the citizens are robbed to pay for it.
Tonight the Council will discuss creating a space for two more employees by taking over the Downtown Bloomington Association.
Earlier this month I posted a story with the DBA tax return income: https://blnnews.com/2017/08/07/failed-downtown-bloomington-assoc/
The DBA bduget is $90,000 a year? That’s the exact amount Bloomington is still giving them YEARS after they were charged with supporting themselves!
That means NO downtown businesses still support the DBA? Nobody is giving them money or paying dues to belong and help promote downtown. Seriously?
Since the DBA 2016 tax return isn’t available, we don’t know the truth. It looks to me like the City didn’t want to mention the thousands lost from downtown businesses because the DBA as a non-profit won’t exist. The City docs don’t say contributions from downtown businesses, hoping for success, will disappear. Taxpayers will be on the hook, not the downtown business owners who stand to profit. In 2015 Revenue shows $120,888, that means $30,888 will vanish only to be made up by taxpayers.
The entire premise for the City taking over the non-profit is that $90,000 isn’t enough to make a difference and it could be spent better by the City. So how much of that $90,000 is left after the two stated full-time DBA employees become City employees? Zero! Instead the City will spend $182,457 more.
The City has been showering money on the DBA for years with very little change downtown.
2010 – Downtown Bloomington Assoc $325,328.03 Page 2: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6240
2009 – Downtown Bloomington Assoc $191,200.00 Page 28 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6239
Yearly Expenditure Reports aren’t available for previous years.
At the next Council meeting, unless the Alderman end it tonight, they will probably vote for more government employees. Shoveling money at the DBA has failed, but City employees and their spending are easier to hide. The City docs also state these new employees can assist in making the permit process easier for people wanting to invest downtown. DBA employees are fluent in the permit process? Let that one sink in and draw your own conclusions.
Maybe Alderman Jamie Mathy can explain why the DBA needs to be dissolved – he used to run the Board.