By: Diane Benjamin
At last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting subsidizing rent in the renovated old Junior High on E Washington was approved. The subsidy will be coming from the General Fund, not TIF income. The amount approved was $228,720 over 10 years.
Economic Development Coordinator Austin Grammer stated the Comprehensive Plan calls for affordable housing close to job centers, schools, and community centers. He claims this project complies since it is close to the library and the BCPA. There was very little discussion but lots of praise for the project. The final vote was 8-1. Jamey Mathy voted No without every voicing a concern:
If he had some other problem with the project, it would have been nice to hear what it was.
Maybe he hit the wrong button.
The entire regular meeting only lasted around 40 minutes. Half of that was a proclamation by Tari on suicide prevention, swearing-in the new Finance Director, and 2-person public comment. The meeting felt more like a Normal Council meeting where all votes are pre-planned.
Glen Ludwig was the first citizen to speak, the second was a lady who never got to why she was there because she ran out of time. It sounded like she expected government to fund her rent because she can’t afford it. I wonder if she knew she was looking at the people who continue to make rent un-affordable with tax and fee increases, regulations, and inspections of properties that don’t need inspected. I wonder if she thinks she has no personal responsibility to do whatever is necessary (roommate?) to pay her own way.
To hear public comment – just hit play: