By: Diane Benjamin
The only item not on the Consent Agenda for tonight is forming a Technology Committee. Alderman Mathy has been pushing for it.
I have no idea why it is needed. Currently budgeted for Information Services is $3,290,386, that is up from $2,652,090 just two years ago. PDF page 158: http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=18370
Maybe this committee will eliminate the pop-up on the Home Menu of the City website. It’s more than obnoxious, but a committee isn’t needed to get that done.
PDF page 194
This statement in the ordinance bothers me:
New technology is always expensive, it becomes cheaper after its been on the market awhile. It also works the bugs out over time.
The question of whether this is needed comes down to what people expect government to be. If you believe government makes life better, you would be all for it.
If you study history, especially the history of Bloomington, government has grown for decades, taken more money from citizens, and promoted programs most of the citizens never use.
Meanwhile, essential services have been ignored.
Being a “Technology Leader” should be far behind fixing the roads. It isn’t.