By: Diane Benjamin
Below are the payments per year to the law firm in Springfield. In 2013 they got NO tax dollars because Bloomington has an attorney on staff. Normal still has their own attorney.
Tari wanted an Administrative Court to squeeze the citizens into complying with his wishes. Remember when Tari used to tell the media they aren’t doing anything different than past Councils? Oh yes they are!
This isn’t all of the legal expenses, some work is outsourced to other firms.
A staff attorney could be hired for $200,000 including benefits. Instead your taxes are propping up Springfield.
Sorling Northrup Hanna Cullen & Cochran Ltd $ 752,100.40
Sorling Northrup Hanna Cullen And $ 718,524.31
Sorling Northrup Hanna Cullen And $ 631,216.68
Sorling Northrup Hanna Cullen And $ 60,769.78
Budget Book 1: http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=15984
PDF page 259
Deteriorating road conditions and increasing number of sewer cave-ins cause increases in impromptu care and reactive adjustment.
The City Council’s increased commitment to street resurfacing is making a difference in bringing overall street conditions to a more acceptable level. This commitment is combined with a Staff-Council commitment to stretching dollars and extending the life of streets though pavement preservation measures. City crews perform permanent patching, and contractors have been hired to use pavement preservation methods, primarily Reclamite overlay that acts in similar ways to seal-coating a wooden porch. These measures have the potential to save millions of dollars. Patching comes out of Street Maintenance while resurfacing and pavement preservation out of Capital Improvement. (What increased commitment?)
Recommended service levels for roads (below), which began in FY 2018, are an improvement, but still create a reactive approach rather than a proactive approach. Five times more local streets exist than arterial streets. This means that more time and money will be spent reactively repairing pot holes and other issues by keeping the minimum rating for the majority of roads, which are local, at 3 or higher. A proactive approach would keep all minimum ratings for all roads at 5, but current funding levels don’t support that approach.
The local Motor Fuel Tax and the 1/4% Sales Tax don’t provide $8,880,063 for the 2019 budget.
Either the Council is going to slide in another tax increase or their “commitment to street resurfacing” is really a joke on you.
The budget books are written so poorly (on purpose) I can’t tell what they actually plan to spend on roads. Still checking into it though.
If they need money – de-fund legal!