By: Diane Benjamin
Pre Tari Renner the City of Bloomington didn’t have any staff doing economic development. See the 2012 job titles HERE
For the year ended 4/30/12, the Economic Development Council received $65,610.04 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6242
BN Advantage didn’t exist.
Was Bloomington better or worse?
Post Tari Renner – 2017
The City now has a full time Economic Development Coordinator. Total compensation for 2017 was $98,679.31.
For the year ended 4/30/17, the Economic Development Council received $107,660.00 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15346
$98,679.31 + $107,660.00 = $206,339.31 VRS. $65,610.04
In 2018 the City will fund even more Economic Development:
Start on PDF page 169: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15470
The Economic Development Council will still get $100,000 plus whatever the One Voice trip to Washington DC costs.
The Economic Development Coordinator probably got a 2-3% raise. Estimate $100,650 conservatively.
BN Advantage was given $32,333.33 for January-April 2018
Funding to the Economic Development Council was kept at $100,000 per year.
The 2019 budget will probably contain funding for BN Advantage at $97,000 for the year.
That brings the grand total to $100,650 + $100,000 + $97,000 = $297,650
Remember when Tari tried to convince people the budget increases were due to inflation? He claimed he wasn’t doing anything different!
Here’s $232,040 for just one year that wasn’t spent before.
What did you get for the money?
Right Fit businesses?
What would those “right fit” businesses be?
Don’t forget this gem:
Option 1 (50/50 split): That the Resolution approving the Small Business Development Center funding agreement between the City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, and Illinois Wesleyan University, in the amount of $9,709 in 2017, $26,068, and $26,068 in 2019, be approved and the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to prepare the necessary documents.
PDF page 147: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15356
This is why local elections can not be called non-partisan.
One party believes government should control everything.
Other parties (conservatives and libertarians) believe YOU can run your own life. It costs a lot less too!