By: Diane Benjamin
The City wants you to believe they can control only 5% of the budget. State mandates were heavily blamed.
The budget discussion starts around 1:28.
Not blamed was the cost of employees, the cost of their lavish benefits, and pension spiking.
This Council made it worse when they hired two more employees from the DBA. They will make it worse again when a development director is eventually hired for the BCPA and Creativity Center.
Controlling cost means controlling the number of employees and what benefits they get. This Council would rather have their votes.
The Ecology Action Center plan that will lead to FORCED recycling passed. Of course other measures will be tried first. Affordable housing will be even less affordable when landlords are forced to pass on recycling costs.
A one year moratorium on new video gaming terminals was put in place. Alderman Painter claims almost $16,000,000 is being taken out of the economy – see 2:08:50.
Stats are on PDF page 600 – http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15932
$15 Million is the net owners of all the local machines earned in 2017. Of that amount $750,396.18 went to the City for doing next to nothing. The State of Illinois received $3,751,985.71. That leaves around $10.5 million earned by entrepreneurs who invested their money in the machines. Painter isn’t the only one who claims this money is leaving the local economy, Renner has said the same thing.
- How many people have jobs because these machine generate income for the business owner?
- How many business owners have bought a house or a car because of increased income?
- How is putting money in a gaming machine any different from spending it at Kohl’s or Kroger’s?
Would that be because some people get nothing back for it? You mean like a show at the Coliseum or BCPA or a movie? The only thing taken home is memories?
It’s about CONTROL and it never ends well for everyone involved. The vote was unanimous. They all need classes in economics.
Watch the entire meeting here: