By: Diane Benjamin
It wasn’t a smart move by the City of Bloomington to pretend to deny my FOIA request for the event recap of the Naked Magicians show because it was posted on the website.
As I reported, no event reports between February 2018 and November 2018 have been posted – just the one I requested. No reports have been posted since the November show either. https://blnnews.com/2019/01/23/the-bcpas-lack-of-transparency/
Here’s why having those event reports is important:
The City created Enterprise Funds to get more of your money. Solid Waste is one – the rates kept getting increased until the fund balanced.
Solid Waste prior to creation of the Enterprise Fund was paid for with taxes you already paid. The fund was only created to get more from you.
Water is also an Enterprise Fund. It has so much money in hopes of drilling wells the City has stolen money from it for the Coliseum: https://blnnews.com/2017/02/23/still-confused-about-enterprise-funds/
Sewer and Storm Water are also Enterprise Funds – those rates have increased too so it balances.
Golf and Parking are in another a fund together.
The only Enterprise Fund that is not required to balance is the ARENA. It hilarious how you have to pay more so the others balance, but the Coliseum/Grossinger Motors Arena can lose money while the REAL audited loss is never reported by the media. The lower VenuWorks number is gospel even though they can report anything they want to!
Here’s the point:
At least with the Coliseum I can tell you what the real loss is. With the BCPA I can’t because they have zero transparency.
Today I filed a FOIA request for event reports for every show that is not on the website.
If the City attempts to deny it as being cumbersome I will not let them get by with it. Obviously they have software to do it since they have done it for the Naked Magicians show.
On bills and payroll for Monday:
What artist? I WILL find out.