By: Diane Benjamin
The video below is from the cell phone video by Angela Scott of the Black-Sage-Schmidt Town hall held January 9, 2018 at the BCPA. I go to meetings to listen, but I ended up talking anyway.
The City of Bloomington claims to be doing priority based budgeting, but their priorities aren’t the priorities of the citizens. Demands to fix the roads have been the number one citizen priority for years. Roads are not the priority of the City of Bloomington!
The ONLY money spent on roads is 1/4% of the recently raised Sales Tax and the taxes raised from the also increased Motor Fuel Tax. That means the City is only using taxes they increased to fund the roads. Jim Karch has been saying for years he needs $8 million a year to get all the roads rated at least poor. This year he got $3.8 million.
It’s difficult to hear Karen Schmidt’s response to what I said, but toward the end she stops and asks City staff if I am correct about the $3.8 million. You can hear her say “I stand corrected”.
How can the Council pass a budget when they don’t know where money is spent?
How can the Council claim to do priority based budgeting when the priorities have never been stated?
Until roads are a priority your roads will never be fixed! I’m sure the Council will happily increase taxes or borrow for roads. So far we can’t get and answer to one question: Are the above taxes being used to pay the $10,000,000 bond for roads borrowed a few years ago? Only 10 miles of the more than 300 in the City were resurfaced this year.
This is a TWO minute video! Please watch it.