By: Diane Benjamin
I filed a FOIA request for all the event reports missing from the BCPA site. I actually found this earlier Friday, the FOIA denying my request was finally received at 4:45 pm Friday. It’s pretty clear why event reports weren’t on the website.
How can anybody support this?
Salaries alone for the BCPA are budgeted at $741,000: https://blnnews.com/2018/11/28/the-budgeted-bcpa-loss-and-more/
A VERY small number of people ever attend events, many of them aren’t Bloomington residents. The Bloomington taxpayers foot the bill.
The BCPA staff offices aren’t in the BCPA, they are down the street at the Creativity Center.
This is another reason your roads will never get fixed! Spending priorities have nothing to do with what the majority of citizens want or need.
It might get worse. The calendar of events if still on the website. ALL events are not on the website.
Examples: Kinky Boot in May, Kansas in April, and Holiday Pops in December. I’m pretty sure there are more that weren’t included, not worth my time to find them all and I don’t plan to file another FOIA. If the City believed in transparency I wouldn’t have to ask for the reports.
The building and the Creativity Center should be given to the Friends of the BCPA. Let them pay the bills – along with the mortgage. They need to pay their fair share instead of sticking taxpayers with this loser.
Maybe somebody should ask the candidates about this before the election.