By: Diane Benjamin
Ward 8 wasn’t represented as Diana Hauman was absent. Of course nobody mentioned why.
The ISU kids showed up in Bloomington to support Tobacco 21 during public comment. ISU has indoctrinated them well to believe government needs to “parent” the population for the good of the collective. Sending your kids to college these days is a hazard to future freedom and liberty, high-paying careers are readily available without the time and expense of college.
City Manger Gleason claims the Council prefers the State of Illinois adopt it. Maybe in the same year the State can outlaw tobacco products and legalize inhaling marijuana! A comment as made about the brain not being developed until around age 25. Using their logic, nobody should be allowed to smoke anything until 25. Why stop there? Why are 16 years-olds allowed to drive?
The Council (of course) passed the short-term rental tax. Alderman Bray proved she’s a liberal RINO by demanding “inspections” in the future. More “parenting” by government because people are too stupid to be self-reliant. The on-line reviews of homes listed on sites like Airbnb obviously can’t be trusted.
City Manager Tim Gleason actually called this tax an “opportunity”. Two members of the local hotel-motel association showed up to protect their failing business model. Tari claimed Airbnb wants to be taxed! Does this tax “level the playing field”? Since the City has to provide no additional services for short-term rentals, it’s just a money grab and an attempt to protect a failing industry. Which local hotel will be the first to close? The current occupancy rates aren’t sustainable!
One good thing did happen – some bonds were re-financed supposedly saving over a million bucks by the time they are paid off. With interest rates rising, how did they find a lower interest rate now? The bonds were originally from 2005 and 2007.
Also passed last night was the tax levy. The City claims the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) has increased slightly. Seven of the 10 council members had decreases in their assessed values, so where was the growth? https://blnnews.com/2018/10/17/councils-home-values-fall/
The Council meeting started late because a township meeting was held prior and it ran long. The live-stream started before the township meeting ended. The Township Assessor say challenges to the assessed value were up 37% this year. Since some may not be resolved until January, that EAV number could still change.
The Finance Director gave his position report, as usual the documents he referenced are not included in the packet. The only way to see them is to watch the video of the meeting. Good luck being able to read them.
The video below starts with the end of the Township meeting. The entire meeting was only around 45 minutes – once is finally started.