By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington and Normal are the only cities doing their own garbage pickup in the area. According to the Pantagraph, Normal did their own investigation of rates.
They declared NO money could be saved by privatizing garbage pickup.
The Pantagraph must not have noticed some of those other cities have cheaper rates with private haulers still making a profit. Obviously they make a profit or they wouldn’t be in business!
Also not reported is how many public employees would be laid off if garbage was private. Surely Bloomington and Normal wouldn’t just keep them all! How many pensions and benefits would be saved? How much is saved by not replacing trucks or doing maintenance on them? How much revenue can be generated selling the garbage equipment they currently use?
Just comparing rates as disingenuous at best. Millions in savings to both cities would mean less overall cost and lower tax rates. Of course honest serving officials would be required for that to happen. The current crop would just spend the savings elsewhere, yes that would cost you more.
By the way, service you get from private companies would be better because it has to be. I see comments every week on Facebook about citizens getting “missed”. Private service isn’t going to miss you, they like their customers and are forced to operate efficiently. How many things does government do right? The list is not as long as what they do wrong!
Also in the Pantagraph is a guest editorial from Carlo Robustelli, Tari Renner’s former lunch buddy before the PCard got taken away.
Carlo is crying because nobody respects the work done by the Renner appointed Downtown Task Force. He thinks the entire Council should have at least listened.
Tari is still pretending that joint meeting was a discussion, Carlo is pretending the same thing. Discussions without predetermined outcomes don’t require facilitators asking leading questions based on a survey they created.
Carlo, if Tari wanted REAL answers to downtown he should have appointed people who represented the population not just downtown. Your little cabal doesn’t understand the Coliseum was a catalyst project. So was the BCPA. Both failed. Moving the library just to make sure the City doesn’t have to maintain a parking garage was transparently idiotic. Your cronies also failed to mention the cost of building a new parking garage since the few people still downtown need a place to park.
The Creativity Center will do nothing but cost money. Maybe somebody can explain why the BCPA staff works there instead of in the BCPA! Sign it over to the non-profit. They claim people are dying to rent space. I noticed the committee left this gem out of the discussions.
ISU wants to bring in foreign students! Is it because enrollment is declining? Is it because Illinois residents can go out-of-state cheaper?
Who are supposedly the biggest abusers of immigration law? Isn’t it people who over stay visas? Is ISU going to make sure these foreign students go home and use their education to help their own countries?
ISU is paying the expenses to bring foreign teachers in, are they planning to pay for foreign students too? https://blnnews.com/2016/05/12/isu-buys-foreign-labor/
State Farm is rewarding employees with $1,000 bonuses. Good for them.
More large layoffs are going to happen in March.
I’m hearing State Farm might want to keep that downtown building. It won’t have tons of employees working in it, but they have other uses for it.
Tari needs to quit telling people what he wants to use it for. He doesn’t own it, as no rights to it, and has proven his economic development abilities are severely lacking.