By: Diane Benjamin
The City of Bloomington will NEVER have enough of your money. Complete control of the local economy means your money is theirs and they are free to take it at will. Monday night they will discuss taking more for their vision. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15904
Want your roads fixed?
Even though Tari Renner and others campaigned with promises of fixing the streets, the only money being spent was either borrowed or paid through tax increases. The tax increases aren’t close to providing the needed money, so Monday they will discuss raising the gas tax to .08 cents per gallon:
You are already paying a .04 gas tax thanks to Tari Renner.
With a budget of over $200,000,000 this City can’t fix the roads without fleecing you for more money.
This year only $3.8 million was budgeted for roads – the .04 gas tax and 1/4% sales tax. The additional .04 gas tax might add $2.3 million for a total of $6.1 million. They will also look at borrowing another $10,000,000 and paying it back with the gas tax increase.
From the City website (updated in 2015) http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/public-works/streets-sidewalks/street-resurfacing
Roads are clearly not a priority!
Won’t it be glorious when the roads reach a rating of 4 out of 10? The Council has other plans for your money:
From PDF page 37 – the $600,000 is the annual payment required – but you will be told a new pool will make money. Even though Pepsi Ice does show a profit, it is not close to paying for the building. This pool won’t either.
How are they going to pay for it?
Utility Taxes are a direct assault on the poor.
Having trouble paying your electricity and gas bills after this bitter winter?
The City of Bloomington (Tari Renner) doesn’t care. You are supposed to blame the utility companies, not the ones taxing you simply because their priorities aren’t the priorities of citizens.
Also included is $5.5 million for a new fire station #5 to replace the #5 station that was never used and was built on the wrong side of town.
Just wait until it’s built and more money is needed to staff it.
More tax increases coming, not setting better priorities.
See PDF page 38 for a list of all taxes they will discuss increasing:
See PDF page 39 for some fuzzy math, unless it’s a clue to the real cost.