By: Diane Benjamin
Downtown Bloomington is going to get more of your money tonight:
Just at this one meeting the History Museum gets $145,000 (https://blnnews.com/2017/08/27/bloomington-supports-friends-with-your-money/ ) and the DBA doesn’t need to support itself. You get 2 new employees with gold-plated benefits and pensions!
Another $289,305 sucked out of your wallet!
See the DBA 2015 Tax return here: DBA_IRS 2015
Page 6 lists the people who don’t have to try to make the DBA work anymore. Any downtown businesses belonging to the DBA don’t need to contribute anymore either. The City will be in charge and using your money.
Downtown isn’t done though:
The Coliseum sidewalks aren’t ADA compliant. Lisa Madigan told the City to fix them:
This doesn’t include the outside elevator Madigan also wants.
See Madigan’s 2016 letter on page 183. The building opened in 2008, the original inspection was 2010.
Judy Markowitz and Tom Hamilton built the Coliseum using an architect in Canada who didn’t account for the cost of complying with ADA. The Council Yes votes are also to blame:
Meanwhile, either NO events have taken place since May, or the promise of transparency by VenuWorks to post results of every event within 48 hours was a lie. Another failure by the City to manage this taxpayer liability. http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-490
The contract with Grossinger Motors requires the City to make their best effort to use the new name. Evidently that doesn’t apply to bad news since the new arena name is not on any docs for tonight.
Finally, more spending downtown on food:
July PCard spending.
Does Tari still have his PCard? I hear S. O’Rourke worked on his campaign. He ate at the Marriott by himself? D. Bentley? Really? How many meals were “Public Funds used ONLY for Public Purposes”?