By: Diane Benjamin
I’ve always been a huge fan of history. People who don’t know history repeat the same mistakes over and over. The current crop of Council members are doing just that because they don’t know Bloomington’s history – especially of downtown.
Judy Markowitz didn’t want to wait for the results of the non-binding referendum because she and Tom Hamilton wanted to start building now. The Council relented to the cries from citizens and waited for the final vote until after the referendum. 1500 signatures were needed to put the referendum on the ballot in March of 2004, the opponents gathered over 4000.
Reading many many stories proved Markowitz, Hamilton, and half of the Council thought they were smarter than everybody else. They only pretended to care about what people thought, they totally ignored the referendum results. The City did their own email survey – it showed 80% support even though very few people participated. Of course the survey was sent mostly to downtown supporters. It sounds just like Tari’s Downtown Task Force, only people who support spending money downtown are members.
I found a Letter to the Editor in the Pantagraph dated November 21, 2003. It’s available at the library on microfiche.
Don’t forget who saddled taxpayers:
Does today’s Council want their names linked to future failures? It sure looks that way since citizen opinions rarely matter.
Jamie Mathy came up with putting parking meters back. History Jamie, do some research!