By: Diane Benjamin
Five people involved with running the Coliseum have been charged with felonies. The failure by the City of Bloomington to protect taxpayer dollars deserves to be exposed in open court.
The citizens didn’t want it built, there was a non-binding referendum stating it. It was built anyway and has been a constant drain on city finances ever since.
The least former City Manager David Hales could have done is supervise the operation. He could have looked at the concessions sales. The CIAM contract clearly gave them the right to look at anything they wanted. The City owned the concession equipment, they had every right to print reports to verify taxpayers were getting their percent.
Hales and staff never did!
Taxpayers deserve to hear John Butler under oath state that fact. If some of the lower level people charged want to testify against him in exchange for lessor sentences, I don’t have a problem with it. I have mixed feelings about a plea deal for Bart Rogers. He was part of the corruption, I’ve written about him numerous times.
The defendants deserve their day in court.
The fleeced taxpayers deserve their’s too.
I’m betting the City of Bloomington doesn’t want a trial. It will make them look really bad – it’s MUCH deserved. The Council has just as much fault. They were warned numerous times but they did nothing. Without a trail all the facts will never be known. You deserve better.
The State’s Attorney’s office needs to understand the integrity of government is at stake. If they plea bargain John Butler to avoid a trial, citizens will lose faith in equal justice under the law. Many people are wondering why David Hales hasn’t been charged. Unfortunately, being incompetent isn’t a crime. The Council awards lavish raises instead of demanding accountability.
Maybe next year more than 20% will actually vote. Citizens staying home for local elections is why their government is corrupt.