By: Diane Benjamin
It wasn’t that long ago the data pertaining to City functions was available. We used to know what the tax receipts were – now we don’t. We used to know traffic at the library has been declining – now we have no idea. Traffic isn’t included in Library Board reports either.
The City Manager used to print informative monthly reports, transparency is now dead.
This page shows the reports issued now: http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-1652
Some of the reports have comparisons with prior years, some don’t. Most of the information is meaningless.
Meanwhile the library is still planning on expanding without any proof they need to – only that they want to.
The library will raise your taxes to do it.
Attacking the poor is what government does!
Raising property taxes will increase rents. Un-affordable housing will become more un-affordable.
It doesn’t matter the citizens have been taxed to death in recent years by ever-increasing taxes.
Below is part of the library’s vision statement: http://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org/about/mission_vision/
To meet our community’s expectations, the library embraces its responsibility to thrive and grow. Mirroring the exponential development of the community, the library will expand its locations, services, collections, and programs. The main library, located downtown, provides the full range of services and will be enhanced by branches and other access points, both physical and virtual.
Where is the “exponential development of the community”?
If the library – and the City Council – agree to yet another tax increase, Bloomington will become more un-affordable.
Living within your means is for citizens, not government. Your money isn’t really yours. They have plans for it. Pay up plebs.
Since the City of Bloomington no longer publishes useful information, are we supposed to assume that info would be bad? If it was great they would print it!
Maybe the 80% who didn’t vote finally will. Until they are decimated by their government they won’t wake up.