By: Diane Benjamin
Bills and payroll for Bloomington Monday night:
I wonder who taxpayers will be handing gift cards to:
Likely without discussion your water bills will increase:
Unless you opt-out of leak protection, you will be charged. The other two are optional, great for older neighborhoods, not so much for newer ones. This is on the consent agenda, since it’s been discussed twice I don’t see anyone pulling it for discussion.
The only other item on the agenda is a Public Hearing pertaining to use of Community Development Block Grants Funds (CDBG) followed by discussion of updating the Citizens Participation Plan. Normal recently had the same required public hearing.
We need to have a discussion!
We pay taxes to Washington DC. After the bureaucracy eats part of it for federal salaries and benefits, some of the money is returned to cities across the country. The cities eat up more money for salaries and benefits deciding how to spend their DC windfall. Next the money is doled out to organizations like Mid Central Community Action where even more goes to salaries and benefits before finally reaching the people it was meant to help.
The final recipients are kept poor because they won’t qualify for help if their incomes rise above whatever dollar amount is set. This redistribution of wealth is not helping people, it creates a permanent underclass and voting block while claiming compassion.
The latest tax return on-line for MCCA is for the year ended 6/30/16. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/370903245/2017_01_EO%2F37-0903245_990_201606
It shows these executive salaries:
Also listed are total salaries:
That is more than $1.5 million that helped nobody but employees.
The tax return also shows how much they received in government grants:
See the problem?
It gets worse. Matt Drat joined MCCA in August of 2016. His bio shows working at the BCPA for 10 months from 2015-2016 and a little over a year in 2012 and 2013. He worked for Home Sweet Home Mission from 2013 – 2015. When he left there, he sold cars at Brad Barker Honda for 6 months.
Block grant money isn’t only received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, cities also get Community Services Block Grants from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Matt Drat of course wants more federal money. Months ago I FOIA’d emails when I heard some rumors. Matt got Tari Renner and Chris Koos to contact HHS on his behalf for even more federal money. I’m sure he didn’t have to ask twice.
Moral of this story?
The Federal government was not created to redistribute wealth while feeding its employees.
America is self-destructing from within because a network of “takers” has been created to demand money while claiming to be compassionate.
Don’t forget Connect Transit always has their hand out too.
Citizens need to realize government at ALL levels must be limited.
With close to 50% of voters wanting free stuff, that’s not going to happen.
Government doesn’t create anything, it only takes what you work hard for. Big government prevents prosperity!