By: Diane Benjamin
Both Bloomington and Normal have been governed for many years by people who want to build monuments to themselves and call it Quality of Life.
Roads are too boring to fund, so are pensions. Valuable tax dollars can’t be used for what isn’t their priority. Instead they raise taxes to fund them because they DON’T WANT TO SPEND CURRENT MONEY on your priorities.
Worse they lie:
Tari failed to say he meant in 66 years!
The Council has had no problem taxing you to death.
The last .04 a gallon gas tax: Yes votes of those still on the Council: Mwilambwe, Schmidt, Painter, and Black
4% Amusement tax: Mwilambwe, Schmidt, Painter, and Black.
Increased Utility taxes: Mwilambwe, Schmidt, Painter, Sage, and Black.
Source for above: https://blnnews.com/2014/09/15/renner-will-want-more/
The 1% Sales tax was increased on September 21, 2015. This was the vote:
So far Painter, Schmidt, and Black are 100% we need your money more than you do! Four for Four!
Buragas and Hauman weren’t on the Council for the first three votes.
In September of 2017 they voted to raise your sewer and storm water rates: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14740
PDF page 288: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14716
This tax increase doesn’t go into effect until May 1, 2018.
This was the vote:
Black is still 100% for theft, Painter and Schmidt finally voted NO.
2015 is when the Budget Task Force met and supposedly proposed cuts. If they ever had any cuts, they were not allowed to seriously present them.
The City Council has been a disaster for your wallet.
Tari Renner is their leader.
He now wants more tax increases.
Real cuts need to be made, the roads actually need fixed. Under Tari the roads are worse because funds are not made available for the #1 priority of citizens.
Return to MetCom
End Bloomington Election Commission
Hire an in-house lawyer instead of Sorling Northrup
End the Administrative Court – it obviously failed to hold slum landlord accountable
Fire one building inspector – EVERY apartment does not need to be inspected – go after the bad landlords
Dispose of the properties Tari bought just so he could control development
Cut funding for the Economic Development Council
Cut funding to Connect Transit, empty buses are a waste of money
Cut funding for BN Advantage
Put a moratorium on all travel except police and fire training
Put a moratorium on all pay increases
Put a moratorium on all hiring
Increase contributions by employees for health insurance
Cut Administration Budget
Mandate the Coliseum and BCPA break even in two years or be shut down
Give the Creativity Center to the non-profit without any further funding
Put a moratorium on ALL consultants
END Pension Spiking
End Sister-Cities program, it has no benefit to the majority of citizens
Did I miss any tax increases?
I did leave off video gaming and solid waste increases! Probably others.