By: Diane Benjamin
The Council is going to vote next Monday to raise your sewer and storm water rates much faster than originally presented. After all, this Council is fixing what previous Councils ignored – essential services. Even though voting on items not on the agenda isn’t allowed, the council took a “straw poll” on how to proceed. The majority want this:
Alderman Sage now has no one on the Council to support his new found conservatism. Hear his comments around 1:03:00 and again at 1:14:45. Too late David, the people who cared about citizens aren’t on the Council anymore.
At 1:08:30 Jim Karch had to point out how low Bloomington’s rates are compared to other cities. Keep watching – Scott Black wants the increase now so it doesn’t interfere with raising more taxes later to balance the next budget.
1:10:25 – Alderman Buragas states General Fund money can not be used for sewer and storm water since both are Enterprise funds. She gets the non-accountant Karch to agree with her. Maybe Amelia can explain why the Coliseum (Grossinger Motors Arena) gets money from the General Fund. Enterprise Funds were created to tax you more. No laws exist saying the General Fund money can’t be used. There should be a law against stealing from Enterprise Funds, unfortunately there isn’t – we’ve seen it.
Joni Painter – 1:13:00 TAX the Rich! Base rates on property taxes for 3 years and then drop the rates back down. Have rates ever dropped?
This Council and City management aren’t capable of a complete review of spending and revenues and prioritizing essential services so citizens are fairly taxed. You will be paying this new tax and spending less elsewhere because you have less money. Tax revenue will again be reduced. Basic economics are too difficult – just gnashing of teeth when expected tax receipts don’t materialize.
New library or addition?
Libraries are nice, but not for the reasons the City and Library Board want to expand. It isn’t for books. The library wants to be Parks and Recreation! Below is what we will be forced to fund – a new social and fun club that was formerly just a library! Are you willing to spend maybe $30,000,000+ so the library can entertain you? Bloomington has turned into the “full service” Normal where capitalism is squashed so government entertainment flourishes. It’s also the place where income disparity will grow as more is taken from the poor to fund the folly.
None of their pet projects are going to be cut for essential services. Patti-Lynn Silva, Finance Director, called a new library and aquatics center needs – see around 31:00. Around 35:35 she calls debt good for municipalities with aging infrastructure and facilities.
The “structural deficit” is back, but it should be called what it really is: Spending more than you bring in. Failure to live within your means. It’s structural because this Council keeps hiring people, spending money on non-essential services, and failing to set priorities.
Bloomington now looks just like the State of Illinois!
Just like the State, stealing more from you is the only avenue they see. You can afford it!