September PCard + Bills

By: Diane Benjamin

Even on sick leave, Tari can hold a business meeting at a bar and use the City PCard:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14856

The rest of the council still has no problem feeding themselves at your expense.

Looks like the Chamber of Commerce is behind “Quality of Life”

Monarch Group is Real Estate Development.  Funny how WHO isn’t listed.

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Auditing expense – probably a partial payment:

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Payments to Connect Transit – why multiple months?

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Plenty of what looks like consultants:


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This months Legal Fees sent to Springfield:

(Another $12,914.21 was sent to other legal firms)

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The new contract to have VenuWorks manage the BCPA for $3,000 a month hasn’t been approved yet.  They are probably thrilled!

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  1. I want to define for the readers, “quality of life” because there was recently a junket sponsored by BN Advantage to Arkansas to investigate “quality of life” initiatives. I will put a link to one their tweets at the end of this. “Quality of Life” in a euphemistic phrase that is actually a catch phrase that hides it’s underlying message. How can anyone disagree with enhancing the quality of life? It sounds great! What this is really saying and hiding is the adding of experience or fun through physical locations for the upper middle class who can afford any money that they will be require and have the requisite time off to enjoy them. The poor have neither the time (working 2 jobs) or the money to have these experiences. Now how adding these physical experience/fun places to the towns’ ability to attract new businesses is something that our leadership has somehow made up or is a justification for this silliness or they actually believe it will work. I think for the most part, it is a ruse to justify their actions. They believe that our economy is inherently rock solid and adding physical location experiences will help cement our economic drivers to our area. With State Farm and ISU beginning to see the impact of 21st Century technological change, this entire direction of focus on “quality of life” instead of helping startups and bringing new businesses into the area is borderline crazy. They are essentially buying with the tax payers money, fun places that they and their families can use and experience, while they ignore pursuing real economic development (hot dog stands don’t count).

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    • That’s communism at it’s best! We decide – you pay for it!

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    • sticky bean says:

      Looks like a Connect Transit bus during rush hour i.e. little ridership. I’m counting the bus driver plus 8, and 1 person taking a pic. Surely the quality of life would had been better served taking into account sustainability issues with big bus spewing unnecessary diesel fuel. True quality of life and sustainability would have been better achieved had they all just rode their bikes! Where is the BikeBlowNow initiative when you need them? Hypocrites, liars, and thieves,,,birds of a feather.

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  2. For most, quality of life means having a warm place to live and food on the table without raw sewage flooding one’s basement. I can entertain myself. Jeez, we are taxed to watch TV or DVDs at home.

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  3. Bob werkman says:

    I could not agree more as I have said for years a family of 4 working at minimum wage could not afford to take their family to a venue at the collesium the cost of refreshments alone are out of their reach.
    And I sure don’t feel like my quality of life has been enhanced by a flock of pink flamingos at the zoo.

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    • Exactly… these entertainment places that we fund and fund and fund are not used by many in our community because they are designed for upper middle class folks. The stupid baseball venue/team is in trouble now too. What poor family can go out the edge of town to watch a game? And it seems that the white collar folks don’t care to sit and watch a 3rd rate team lose… who would have thought? But we built it anyway… someone thought it was a good idea. FYI – BN leadership… you build a high quality of life with plenty of high quality jobs. And not just jobs for white collars folks but jobs for blue collar folks too. Jobs that pay ordinary people a living wage so they can have some this “quality of life” stuff that the rich folks get everyday. We used to have jobs that a ordinary person could raise a family on. Those jobs all all gone now and our towns are worse off as a result.

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  4. So, Renner has lunch with Black to discuss how to go back to acting as Mayor. Probably Black helped with the staging. After all, Black was part of Renner’s campaign inner circle. Was the lunch about City business or political maneuvering? Was Black behind the rant?

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  5. DEBBIE JEAKINS says:

    The P card should be renamed : It should be called TARI’S BILKING OF THE TAXPAYERS CARD!

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