By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington finally managed to hack off virtually every business in town. So far today I’ve talked to 3 business owners who got the letter below. This Business Registration has nothing to do with public safety, it’s an attack on the local producers.
How did Bloomington send each business a letter if they didn’t know they existed? Doesn’t that prove they already do?
The Guide is 5 pages, the registration form is 21 pages long.
After all the information is entered on-line (the directions say if you don’t have a computer to go to the library and use one of theirs), you have to wait 4-5 days for somebody in the Community Development Department to approve your application. Then you can log on again and pay the $50 fee. Don’t bother calling the phone number listed – it will go to voice mail. One guy called yesterday morning, left a message, and still hasn’t been called back.
Charitable organizations and home based businesses still have to register, but they don’t have to pay the $50.00 fee. A $75.00 late fee will be added if businesses don’t complete the registration by March 1st. Fees will continue to accumulate up to $1000.00 for failure to comply. Food trucks are also exempt. New businesses have to register before they open.
The guys I talked to claim it will take them at least an hour to complete the application. That doesn’t include waiting to be approved before going back to pay. There is even a section asking about their parking lot, including when it was first used and the dimensions.
The purpose of registering is tyranny. The new zoning code (when passed) will be used to fine businesses. Instead of inspecting every business, they will use the information owners provide. The size of a parking lot has nothing to do with who to contact if your building is on fire. (Tari Renner’s reason for wanting the ordinance) The form also asks when your “fiscal year” is! NONE of YOUR BUSINESS Bloomington.
The $50 fee is supposed to be just for the first year, even though businesses need to re-register every year. Next year it will likely double. This isn’t Community Development, it’s community destruction. Congrats. The same idiots now running Illinois are running Bloomington.