By: Diane Benjamin
Now for the meat of tonight’s Bloomington City Council meeting! Finally we have arrived at the tax increases.
Solid Waste – AGAIN! PDF page 130
The Council will get a choice – all of them cost you more:
Ordinance 1: “High Service Level, High Fee Increases”
Ordinance 2: “Medium Service Level, Medium Fee Increases”
Ordinance 3: “Lower Service Level, Low Fee Increases”
$10.59 a month the residents at Lake Bloomington get from private service isn’t one of the choices.
Here’s the bad news:
Life in Bloomington is going to cost more. Garbage, parking, and licensing businesses – starting at $100. I predict within 5 years that fee will be much higher. It is too easy to raise, local government has proven they are anti-business. Illinois is anti-business, that philosophy is now local. See PDF page 153. Go back one page – employees are still budgeted for a 2% raise.
Page 152 has more bad news. The Arena is going to cost another $425,000, Downtown Signs get $250.000, and the bike trail to Shirley gets $17,000. PDF page 164 shows Revenue decreases expected. Since your liberty will be infringed, the decreases predicted are too low.
More bad news:
The Friends of the BCPA want the City to hire a Development Manager. It looks like they are getting one. The Memorandum of Understanding starts on page 168. The City should just hand them the BCPA and Creativity Center and let them bear the cost.
Even more bad news:
The Council will pass the garbage/recycling ordinance the County and Normal have passed that contains language to mandate recycling.
See page 346 and following. They have a petition labeled “Commitment to vote for candidates who care about climate justice and clean energy”. Below that is: “Petition for an off-campus curb-side recycling option mandate”. Check out NUMEROUS pages of signatures for a list of the local communists.
PDF page 591:
One year moratorium on new video gambling machines
Page 600 shows totals for all the Bloomington machines.
PDF page 155 – streets and sidewalks
Local Motor Fuel Tax is listed at $5,500,000. That has to include another .04 gas tax. It also isn’t close to enough to get the roads up to a POOR rating. Page 163 has more details.
A plat for a convenience store at the corner of GE and Hershey road is up for a vote. That’s the empty lot where all the campaign signs accumulate. I hear cries of “Not in my Ward” coming.
This meeting could last until 10:00 pm!