By: Diane Benjamin
The arena continues to fleece taxpayers:
I wonder how many payments there will be?
Following Normal’s lead, Bloomington will be taxing short-term rentals! All residents who rent their property will be required to register. If the website the rental uses doesn’t collect the 6% tax, the homeowner will be required to collect it.
PDF page 242: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20388
Yes, Bloomington-Normal hates small business. How much was Bloomington willing to fork over to a developer for a downtown hotel? How much did Normal hand to the two hotels in Uptown? The Chateau? DoubleTree?
No, the little guy can’t make a few bucks to help offset the ridiculous property taxes without getting mired in government bureaucracy.
Renner keeps repeating the lie about the number of employees Bloomington has. He is sticking with there are 150 less now.
Below is a chart showing the actual numbers the City of Bloomington submitted to the Comptroller since 2004. I could have gone back farther, but obviously Tari is getting the City into the same mess as when early buyouts had to be offered when the economy crashed. From the high of 690 full-time in 2008, Bloomington has never been down 150 full-time employees.
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Data prior to 2016 is available here: http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/Downloads.cfm
2016 – 2018 is available here: http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/
Think all those part-time employees were added as reliable voting block for the April 2019 elections?