By: Diane Benjamin
On December 20th, during the day and at the BCPA, the City of Bloomington held a budget meeting. The camera angle didn’t allow the charts on the wall to be seen, but a person who was there sent me some of them.
If you forgot this meeting – see this story: https://blnnews.com/2017/12/22/budget-meeting-the-video/
The chart below is what they want to spend money on:
I can save a LOT of money:
Fire station #5 isn’t the one on Six Points Rd – that’s a training facility now. This is a new station. No word on where the staff will come from.
Save $20,000,000 – cancel the library expansion. It’s a want, not a need.
How does an Aquatics Center cost $10,000,000? Re-work it to a need not a want.
The City owns too much property now – cancel purchasing more.
Downtown is dead. Pretty lighting, signage, and more parking garages aren’t going to bring people there. Buying property the owners refuse to develop isn’t the job of citizens.
Brick streets are a want not a need. If the residents want them, take up a collection.
Now see how they want to pay:
Tax increases of course!
(Did you really think they were talking cuts? Ha Ha)