By: Diane Benjamin
Freedom of Information lawsuits are very easy to win. Documents belong to the people, not government. When government refuses to hand over complete information without explanation, they lose every time.
The “extremely transparent” City of Bloomington is not producing the information I requested. This FOIA request clearly shows TIF dollars are nothing more than a slush fund handed out to friends of government. I know who got money from the last downtown TIF, I don’t know how much each received. Remember David Bentley sued the City because he didn’t think he got his fair share. That lawsuit cost $54,492 in 2013, $58,733 in 2014 and another $15,148 to defend.
Don’t forget, Bentley was a frequent lunch buddy of Tari’s before his PCard got yanked – twice just last April: https://blnnews.com/2017/10/30/lunch-with-people-who-sue-renner/
I have contacted the City Clerk, one assistant clerk, Mayor Tari Renner, and City Attorney Jeff Jurgens, I still don’t have the information.
The City gave away $187,712 in facade grants. You deserve to know who got the money and how much they received. If they won’t give me the information, a judge will tell them they have to.
Here is who got the grants, this was received by FOIA. If the City knows who got the money they have to know how much each received.
How many of these people could have paid themselves?
I’ve got much more on the downtown TIF coming!