By: Diane Benjamin
From Bills and Payroll for Monday night: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14766
Below are payments to employees labeled Sick Leave Buy Back (SLBB). I don’t know what MO before the first one stands for. We won’t know what penalties the City will be forced to pay (for not changing this policy that allows pension spiking) until they pay the bill or I FOIA it. Just another David Hales fail taxpayers are forced to fund.
In laymen terms, the City of Bloomington is giving away money in the name of some former community leader. That former leader didn’t put the City in charge of a trust for this purpose. The City is giving away your money.
That’s not the only grant money:
Harriet Fuller Rust Grant
This grant doesn’t say what the source is, so it’s pretty clear this is also your money.
When does anybody on the Council say NO?
The City is looking to borrow money to fix the roads and sewers – after raising your sewer and storm water rates. Yet, they continue to fund grants that benefit only a few citizens by raising their property values. I wonder if the assessed value was increased after the improvements?
There is always money for consultants, travel, professional development, additional employees, free lunches, downtown schemes, Coliseum losses, BCPA subsidies, grants, and an endless list of projects funded only for personal adulation.
Essential services – not so much.