By: Diane Benjamin
The “Special” meeting before the 7:00 Council meeting has discussions about the library and the City property tax rate.
The Library Board wants a tax increase but they don’t know what it is for. Either they are going to continue plans to expand where they are or they are going to use it for maintenance issues. They are waiting for the Council to give them direction.
The direction from Sage, Black, Painter, and Mwilambwe was the library isn’t moving. Tari’s hand-picked Downtown Task Force needs to pack up their wish for a joint library and bus transfer station. It won’t pass the Council, it’s pointless to continue the discussion.
Tari mentioned about 1,000 people a day come to the library. He also mentioned many of them come to use computers. Scott Black claimed the library gives businesses a reason to move to Bloomington. Evidently libraries aren’t about books. If they were, Mathy wouldn’t be talking 40-50 years in the future when books may not exist. If the library was truly progressive, they would be jumping on the trend of all digital, save a lot of money on books, and save money on space. Instead, the Council is still living in the past at your expense, you will be forced to pay for whatever plans are eventually cemented.
After nothing was determined but the library tax levy, the discussion turned to the City tax levy.
The City tax rate isn’t going up, but if the value assigned to your property increased – so will your bill. The library portion will go up regardless of your assessment.
More than $7,000,000 from property taxes go to pensions. Don’t forget, employees are still allowed to spike their pensions because the Council is too chicken to stop it.
I love the Dollar Bill the City staff likes to pull out to claim only .13 cents out of every dollar you pay in property taxes goes to the City. Oh, and 3 cents and rising for the library. Oh, and 2 cents for the Township. Oh, and 2 cents for the Water Reclamation District. 18 cents without BNWRD, 20 cents with it. See PDF page 26: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14996
Just hit play below to hear the library tax increase merriment, Patti Lynn Silva follows talking about the City tax rate.