By: Diane Benjamin
One item on Monday’ agenda is going to have Scott Black’s panties in a wad:
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Scott doesn’t think any money should be spent unless it’s downtown. The Master Plan (that was supposed to be suggestions) is now his bible.
Scottie will probably mention The Grove subdivision for the thousandth time. Funny how we are told we now have to make the best of the Coliseum, but The Grove is still a villain.
The Grove has nothing to do with this project however. Most of the project is creating a right turn lane from Towanda Barnes onto Ireland Grove. That would be traffic coming south on Towanda Barnes from Hawthorne Hills 1 and 2, all the Eagle subdivisions, etc etc.
The funny part is:
This discussion is to talk about including this project in next years budget. Why doesn’t everything in the budget get 20 minutes? Coliseum? BCPA? Roads? Consultants? Administration budget? IT budget? Communications director? Returning to Metcom? Expanding the library while traffic is declining? Unsustainable union contract pay increases?
Evidently only things Tari and Scott want to kill get 20 minutes. It will be fun to see who else worships downtown.
Just for fun, I did a very rough estimate of the taxes The Grove residents are paying to Bloomington. Keep in mind they are still building houses – and selling them.
From the current houses:
Property taxes – at least $325,000 a year
Library taxes – at least $75,000 a year
Township – at least $36,000 a year
If the majority of the council keeps treating them like 2nd class citizens – maybe they will vote to remove themselves from the City, and take that money with them.