By: Diane Benjamin
When the last Downtown Bloomington TIF ended, I hear David Bentley wasn’t happy with the money he got to rehab the CII East Building. He sued the City in 2014.
See the 2014 TIF report here: ftp://ftp.illinoiscomptroller.com/LocGovTIF/FY2014/06402530/14TIF06402530Dwtwn_Cendistrict.pdf
The 2015 TIF report looked the same: ftp://ftp.illinoiscomptroller.com/LocGovTIF/FY2015/06402530/15TIF06402530Dwtwn_Cendistrict.pdf
That’s $73,881 in legal expense I think the City spent fighting David Bentley’s lawsuit, I’m pretty sure that was the only legal work being done at the time concerning the TIF.
The building still stands unfinished. What’s that Administrative Court for Tari? Peons?
Why did Tari take David Bentley to lunch TWICE in April? I thought Tari hates people who sue the City and the ones he pretends sue the City (Bruce Meeks).
I wonder if Bentley was trying to sell the building to the City? On April 10th the Council had an Executive Session (Secret Meeting) about “land acquisition”. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12546
While I’m talking about downtown:
The Signage Committee has spent around $62,000 and at least 50 meetings to produce signs that anybody could have designed. Why didn’t all the local artists downtown get involved instead of buying yet another consultant? How are citizens supposed to get behind spending HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollar to construct and erect Way-Finding signs when they are shut out of the process?
Worse, this committee has violated the law by failure to post the minutes of their meetings:
See all those agendas without minutes?
Voting must be over for what color signs you like. Last time I checked less than 500 people had voted. Of course the City and this committee won’t see “NOBODY CARES” in that number.
The City claims to have a “structural deficit”. It’s ridiculous spending like this that created it.