By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington 2019 budget PDF page 15 http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=18370
Guess why your roads can’t get fixed? See the chart below for what gets close to $6 million dollars this year! Remember when Markowitz said it would never cost you a dime?
When the budget was done, the City was expecting to lose $500,000 to the State. That means Sales tax revenue is expected to drop another $300.000.
( Bloomington to lose $500,000 annually in Sales Tax, Source )
( On June 2, 2018 it was reported $113,500 has been restored: Source )
The Council already passed raising garbage fees every year (so they don’t have to), other fees are going to automatically increase every two years.
One more page you need to see:
PDF page 17
Read between the lines. It claims cuts have been made to balance the budget. The chart shows expenses will keep growing while revenue is flat.
Instead of cutting pension spiking, employee parties, travel, raises, entertainment, expanding the library, and administrative staff – how long before you are told there is nothing else to cut?
Tax tax tax!
We will again be hearing about structural deficits. If you had a structural deficit, it would mean you are spending more than you have in income. To the City, there is little they can do about it.