By: Diane Benjamin
It looks like Bloomington has to be destroyed by government spending before people realize local elections matter. Or, maybe only the people who can’t move will be left paying the bills which are about to get much bigger.
Monday night the Bloomington will see the results of doing “Wants” before Needs. MANY 10’s of millions was stolen from you for the Coliseum and BCPA while everything else was neglected. Your roads and sewers didn’t deteriorate because past Councils and two City Managers cared about NEEDS.
A new library isn’t needed – they are going to do it anyway because it is what they “WANT”.
But now they have to catch up on essential spending – of course you will pay.
When any government does the below – it means these are the taxes they are going to increase:
Then Normal can raise taxes because they are low – then Springfield – etc – etc – etc. This is government’s evil game played only to steal your money!
What does the City want to spend money on?
Streets – 53.3 million over 5 years
Parks – 31.4 million over 5 years
Fire – 9.1 million over 5 years
Facilities – 62.2 million over 5 years
Library – 27.8 million over 5 years
Water – 9.2 million over 5 years
Storm Sewer 15.7 over 5 years
Sanitary Sewer – 13.4 million over 5 years
Those number Do Not include the parts that are funded!
All of these numbers are UNFUNDED. And the total is:
Citizens will still have a never-used Fire Station and $2.4 million taken out of the Water Fund and handed to the Coliseum (never to be seen again).
See pages 16-17.
Page 21 explains what they are up to. Borrow the money! Of course, then they need money to pay the principal and interest which will amount to MUCH more than $222.1 million.
That’s where raising taxes come in. Nothing can be cut. Pensions spiking is still welcome along with the lavish salaries and benefits.
Besides Sales Tax and Property Taxes, the pages following show what increases they want in sewer and storm water rates.
The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is THRILLED because they believe government spending creates prosperity.
The local Democrat party is THRILLED because their union people will have work and their radicals got elected by calling elections non-partisan.
The Chamber and Democrats are also thrilled that most registered voters in Bloomington stayed home last April. None of this would be possible without those who didn’t vote.
Political Science majors aren’t smart enough to know tax receipts will continue to decrease as they increase rates. Common Sense is MIA.