By: Diane Benjamin
Saturday the Pantagraph cried in an editorial wanting to be relevant. Today they printed the City talking points. They don’t understand that regurgitating what government buddies want you to say doesn’t drive people to read! See:
The packet for tonight has very little information on the new budget – See PDF page 183 and following: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15652
The paper has lots of detail!
The Budget is expected to be $214 Million, but the City can’t find $8 Million just to keep your roads in poor condition!
They have lots of other priorities though, like expanding the Library, an Aquatics Center, and buying property.
The City of Bloomington is run by a Council and Mayor who don’t care about roads.
All of them said they have a plan to fix them, but the ONLY money going to resurfacing is the increased Motor Fuel Tax and 1/4% of the increased Sales Tax!
Does that sound like anybody cares?
New employees with lavish benefits and pensions are more important. Allowing employees to retire even richer by spiking their pensions is the priority.
A DEAD downtown is a priority! Since businesses that aren’t bars continue to close, reviving downtown will only happen with a bar on every corner. The lawyers can stop after a hard day in court. The kids can run wild at night spending money they don’t have to spend for transportation to shopping since you subsidize Connect Transit for them. The Food and Beverage taxes will pour into the City! Require the bar owners to pay for security however.
If you want your roads fixed:
The article suggests this Council might just double your gas tax!
You fools have to pay for what you want, all the other money is spent. So much for priority based budgeting, unless they mean their priorities come first.
Meanwhile they throw money at Connect Transit to run heavy empty buses that further hurt the roads.
Don’t expect improvements for at least a year and a half. Spending is tied to elections: https://blnnews.com/2017/05/16/the-media-must-have-left-early/