By: Diane Benjamin
The City of Bloomington does not act in the best interests of the citizens paying the bills. They act in the best interest of whatever votes can be bought, especially employees.
The City will not be ending pension spiking any time soon because Tari doesn’t want to. In 2012 they ended the program for all new hires, but not for existing employees. The last time it was discussed at Council around 250 more employees are still eligible to increase their pensions by getting paid for unused sick time. Since the City allows them to get paid months before they retire, the employees can pretend their salaries are higher, thus their pensions are higher.
Changing the policy for the City of Springfield has gone through the court system and the courts have ruled Springfield does not have to allow this practice. Tari claimed the labor unions were still challenging and he doesn’t want to incur legal fees. In other words, he would prefer to pay off employees with higher pensions than pay lawyers. The total cost to taxpayers is now close to $2,000,000. Tari claimed the people with the biggest pension spikes have already retired. True, but the City knew in 2012 and did nothing. He did claim the City was going to look at the “rich” benefits, which he corrected to “generous” benefits. Under Obamacare the benefits are SOOOO Rich, they qualify for a 40% Cadillac tax. The wonderful federal government keeps delaying the tax, another reason ObamaCare is failing. That tax was part of the funding.
Tari made these comments during the Town Hall meeting last Tuesday at the BCPA. The Facebook live video can be seen on my Facebook page.
Earlier the “welcoming ordinance” came up. Tari wants it because it makes people feel good. They can report crime and not have to worry about being deported. That explains why the Oath of Office was changed to leave out the important parts, silly things like the Constitutions.
I wonder how long it took Tari to come up with President Obama had to retake the oath? A couple of words were stumbled over, so he did retake it the NEXT day. SIX Council members took out most of the required oath on MAY 1st. Just how is that the same Mayor, especially since I had to expose it – not you?
Need more proof the City of Bloomington operates only so their employees benefit?
One more email from the chili cook-off, Beth Oakley is the person who put Tari’s girlfriend’s plane ticket to Japan on her P-Card. She was involved with the event and an employee’s retirement party the ENTIRE day:
(Unless her job is to make employees happy).
Oakley’s total compensation for 2016 was $58,662.36 .