By: Diane Benjamin
From time to time even I am shocked by what comes out of the mouths of Aldermen during a City Council meeting. I’m awarding TWO “Seriously?” awards from last night’s party. Since the Special Meeting started at 5:00, I bet food was served. It used to be announced, but it wasn’t listed on the agenda last night. I hope the Council and staff weren’t forced to bring their own food! Horror!
The first award goes to Scott Black for his compliments directed to David Hales for always looking for ways to save money. The discussion involved VenuWorks managing the BCPA, he was opposed even if it meant saving $200,000. Does Black know the Budget under David Hales has gone from
$169.4 million in 2014
$214.1 million in 2018?
44.7 million increase in 4 years! Pretending Bloomington has 78,000 residents, that’s $573 per person. For a family of four, that’s $2,292. What do they have to show for it Scott? The roads are still crap and so are the sewers. You call that great cutting by Hales?
Scott Black needs more information from the City and VenuWorks. My sources tell me the City is not allowing VenuWorks to “buy shows” like CIAM did for fear of losing money. Therefore, there are few shows at the Coliseum.
The second award is closely tied to Black’s comments. This award goes to David Sage for mentioning the upcoming “structural deficit”. Raise taxes or cut services! David doesn’t understand EVERYBODY has a structural deficit when they spend more money than they take in. Bloomington’s structural deficit is caused by the same thing the citizens being robbed are forced to deal with. The difference is they must set priorities, Council priorities are taxing more.
Here’s some advice David: Employee benefits far exceed the private sector. Chop them starting at the top with the next City Manager. End pension spiking now! Quit being cowards-the employees aren’t going to leave. If they start slacking and pouting – fire them. In other words, treat City employees with the same disregard you have for citizens! Hit play to hear his comments: