By: Diane Benjamin
If you need evidence that Public-Private partnerships mean taxpayers lose, look at the Coliseum/Grossinger Motors Arena. The City of Bloomington pretended to oversee operations, they failed the taxpayers.
The “private” part of these partnerships think they don’t have to disclose where the money goes. A far better plan is to outsource entire operations which mandates “private” pays their own bills. If they can’t figure out how to do that, the venture isn’t worth doing.
The latest case is the Ecology Action Center. This “private” group gets money from the County, Bloomington, and Normal but we have no idea what they do with it.
EAC has created a 20 year 100 page plan for you: https://ecologyactioncenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017%20ISWMP%2010.3.17%20HD.pdf
A HUGE problem with this “private” partnership is they plan to grow: (PDF page 23)
The closest things we have to the EAC financial information is this: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/371157100
From 2011 to 2015 their Revenue more than doubled. They do take donations and have memberships, but the majority most likely comes from taxpayers. How much isn’t readily available.
Although recycling and proper disposal of hazardous waste is an admirable goal, transparency is also admirable and vital to citizens having confidence their money isn’t being thrown away. Again, see the Coliseum.
See PDF page 8 and following. Part of their “Action Plan” is to get ordinances passed. If the citizens won’t voluntarily recycle etc, they want laws to achieve the goals they want.
The Ecology Action Center plans are a threat to your freedom to make your own decisions. Fees have already been increased more than once for waste disposal, EAC should have a limited voice is forcing compliance. They aren’t elected and can’t be held accountable by citizens. If high fees aren’t enough to get citizens to comply, the message is the problem. Mandating compliance through ordinances is unnecessary tyranny by an unaccountable contractor. Will the people you elect see it that way? They need to be told you didn’t elect the Ecology Action Center to make decisions for you!
(I wonder if EAC has a “brown shirt” army ready to act?)