By: Diane Benjamin
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Note to the idiot commenting about BEC. The election results are not posted where they should be – under ELECTION RESULTS. Using the Search box did not locate them either. Since BEC posted them in a place nobody would ever look for them, the story stands as written. Comment again and you will be deleted AGAIN. I might have responded to your first comment if I hadn’t been out of town. Since you left 3 or 4 more comments showing you are unhinged, you don’t deserve a response.
Yesterday the paper reported on the latest loss for Grossinger Motors Arena. Funny, the story doesn’t say if the loss is audited or what VenuWorks reported. At this point it should be audited. Monday Venuworks staff is presenting the results to the Council. If that presentation was audited, it should be the auditor reporting.
We know reports generated by the previous management weren’t close to audited results. Audited losses were always much higher because CIAM was good at not including current liabilities, like payroll. Monday night’s report may be nothing but deflecting audited numbers. We won’t know until those are released. Last year the City held those for months.
The Coliseum audits weren’t intended to find fraud, so auditors were never engaged to audit concessions. John Butler would not have allowed an audit because he claimed that division was a private company. Hence the 111 felony charges while David Hales, the finance department, Tari Renner, and the City Council sit open-mouthed claiming they had no idea!
Here’s part of what was reported in the paper:
PDF page 14 of CIAM’s 2013 year-end statement shows an operating profit of $152,812 NOT $176,759. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6569
Of course, that’s a joke.
PDF page 6 of the audited financial statement for 2013 shows an operating loss of $873,551. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6077
That loss includes depreciation (meaning writing off the cost of the building as an expense), if that expense is taken out, CIAM still lost $22,943.
Where did the Pantagraph get their number? Why did they go all the way back to 2013? To deflect that NO financial information is available for 2016?
The reason nothing is available for 2016 is because the City didn’t even try to protect information at the Coliseum when John Butler announced he wasn’t renewing the contract. Nobody cared when a shredder truck pulled up outside the Coliseum and was fed documents. Nobody cared that the arena and the documents belonged to the taxpayers. It’s more than obvious nobody at any level cared.
Also from the article:
When VenuWorks took over, they loaned money to the City who then loaned it back to them for remodeling. I bet this $375,000 wasn’t applied to what the City owes VenuWorks. I bet this money is GONE!
Also from the story:
Ask people running for the Council if they will vote to end the fleecing of Bloomington taxpayers. Economic impact numbers are made up. Anything government steals from you to fund their folly has a negative impact you. The increased sales tax will cover the bond payments. A few community events can be held there, the Ice Center (with no real name) can use the ice for free instead of paying VenuWorks to use it.
This should be a campaign issue. Enough already. It failed, it was always going to fail. The people got it right when they said Don’t Build It, these clowns got it wrong:
Why does Mike Matejka have any credibility? Citizens said Not In Our Town to building the arena. I wonder if Matejka’s Not In Our Town is his way of slapping back at those who voted against it in the referendum?
Too bad you are paying for an elevator now. Blame Matejka for that expense too. The plan and builder were picked so local labor could build it, being ADA compliant didn’t matter.