By: Diane Benjamin
The Bloomington City Council is holding a Committee of the Whole Monday night. Before Tari, the Council didn’t have 4 Council meetings a month and an additional meeting in between. Think the endless hours of meetings have something to do with the spending being out of control – of course it does! The more they meet the more things they think of to spend money on.
Monday night its downtown AGAIN.
But first they have to approve the minutes of their last off-schedule meeting nobody saw. Nobody saw it because it was held at the Police Station where it wasn’t live streamed. This was their annual meeting with legislators.
The City had to complain about the State keeping a cut of Sales Tax – they deprive Bloomington of around $450,000 a year.
Then the conversation turned to on-line purchases. If the business has a location in Illinois, purchases are charged the State rate of 6.25%. Then the minutes reflect this: PDF page 13 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16394
Should I give you more time?
I saw nothing in the minutes were this error was corrected by anyone present. The Council evidently thinks they lose their 1% Sales Tax if you buy things on-line, even if the State does get its 6.25%.
Since facts matter, and they don’t know any:
See this page on the City website: http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/finance/local-tax-information/sales-tax
Or, for every purchase you make on-line, you save 2.5%!
Since they can’t control spending, why not starve the beast to save 2.5%?
Does your mayor and Council really not know the ridiculous percent they steal?
Evidently the answer is yes.
These same people think they are capable of managing a budget of over $200,000,000.
I think the problem has been identified. I wonder how much Sales Tax Alderman Mathy is charging at his business?
One more note from the minutes:
PDF page 19
Legalization sounds like a winner!