By: Diane Benjamin
Today the paper has a cool graph showing City of Bloomington budgets for the last 10 years. I recapped the same info here: https://blnnews.com/2018/03/08/bloomington-budget-workshop-saturday/
See the Pantagraph graph here – bottom of the story:
Instead of pretending spending is up over 10 years, they should have marked on the graph where Tari was in charge of his first budget:
Before Tari the budget was rebounding after severe cuts. After Tari the budget exploded and so did your taxes.
$169,633,232 in 2014 to $213,830,887 in 2018.
That’s up 26% in 5 years. The paper reported budget increases of 38% in 10 years. Obviously most of the increase was Tari.
My numbers don’t completely agree with theirs. I took mine from what the City reported to the Comptroller’s Office. The Pantagraph claims their source is the City.