By: Diane Benjamin
What a scam! Unless the citizens of Bloomington are willing to pay more to fix the roads they aren’t going to get fixed!
Tim Gleason is so cute the way he talks about tax increases. He claims he isn’t making recommendations, he’s just throwing numbers out for them to consider. Here the graphic he used for increasing the Motor Fuel Tax – but the discussion was FOUR cents a gallon more, not one cent:
Money you already pay in taxes can’t be used for essential services like roads! Only new money raised and designated for roads is available. The Council did the same thing with garbage, water, storm water, and sewer so NO money from existing taxes subsidizes them. This is a slimy way of raising taxes by pretending there is no other way to fund government. All of their pet projects and un-needed employees are off the table. Money would be available if the City would quit trying to define Quality of Life for people and spending your money for utopia. Good roads aren’t part of the equation, only new projects.
Somebody should ask why the BCPA, Grossinger Motors Arena, and the Creativity Center can suck up tax dollars but roads can’t.
Gleason claims he wants to get to $6 million a year spent on streets. He could easily do that without a tax increase, but he won’t. The problem is $6 million isn’t enough:
The City of Bloomington does not care about roads. That fact is proven by their under-funding year after year after year. They have more than the planned 15% of the budget in reserves. It’s approaching 20%, but that can’t be used on streets when they have “plans” for the money.
The only reason they are planning to spend $5 million on roads this year is some money is left over from last year.
The current $.04 per gallon tax was passed by the Council on April 21, 2014. Are the roads any better? Did that tax increase get you anything but poorer? Here’s who voted for it: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6667
The citizens of Bloomington are being scammed by their government. Progressives have goals that don’t include what you want, they want your money to do what THEY want. Fixing the roads isn’t one of them.