By: Diane Benjamin
If I hadn’t been out of town this weekend, I would have written A LOT more on the Pantagraph story that attempted to make you believe the Bloomington roads are getting better. It’s really difficult to compose story on a cell phone, so I left a lot of details to readers: https://blnnews.com/2017/09/24/more-pantagraph-conspires-with-city/
Now that I’m back, I can add more:
Remember when Renner and Council added a FOUR CENT gas tax and a QUARTER PERCENT sales tax for roads? Remember all those other taxes you pay? Remember when all those other taxes paid for the roads? Heck, they used to pay for garbage and sewers too. Then your local clowns decided “dedicated” funds meant they don’t have to use the other money they steal from you for silly things like roads! Remember the City also borrowed $10,000,000 in 2014.
Public Works declared in 2015 it would take $9.4 million a year just to eventually get the roads to FAIR.
Hales and Renner fed a “$3.8 million street story” to the Pantagraph in an attempt to pacify citizens. The story even claims staff is receiving positive feedback on the changes to E. Washington. You are expected to believe “creating congestion” is exactly what citizens want!
Where does all your tax money get spent? The Coliseum is an Enterprise Fund that doesn’t have to balance like the other funds do. The BCPA sucks up a lot too. Pension spiking, lavish benefits, expensive employees. travel, consultants, and pet projects suck up much of the rest.
The result is:
Essential services are paid for with additional fees and taxes. I wonder when the City will start charging for police and fire calls?
Maybe the 911 operators can require a credit card before they send help.
Since the Pantagraph article mentions Renner’s medical leave – I wonder when the paper will do an extensive “feel good” story on his eventual recovery. Meanwhile, a reader spotted Tari at Swinger’s Grill using the City PCard. Laws and policies don’t apply to anybody but peons.
Ever feel like a mushroom? (kept in the dark and fed bull****)
(And you thought government exists for you! ha ha)