by: Diane Benjamin
According to the City mouthpiece, Bloomington will double the local gas tax to $.08 for every gallon: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/road-weary-city-officials-eye-doubling-local-motor-fuel-tax/article_258321e6-928b-57d7-a1c0-ad250fb8e18b.html#tracking-source=home-breaking
Another prediction: Somebody will say it’s only a few bucks.
Here is what the mouthpiece forgot to add to the story:
The $.04 a gallon Motor Fuel Tax was passed in 2014. The Sales Tax was increases 1% in 2015.
What that means is: The ONLY money spent on roads comes from taxes that were increased.
Now remember water, garbage, sewer, and storm water rates have all been raised so the “enterprise” funds balance. (Another joke on taxpayers) Don’t forget Liquor License Fees and Video gaming income. Where is that money going. Likely their “pot”
Where is all the rest of the money you pay in taxes?
Prior to all the tax increases all of the above was paid out of taxes citizens already paid. Obviously raising taxes accomplishes nothing – they just spend more! (See State of Illinois – same idiots running it too)
Citizens are now taxed more so that money is freed up for whatever the City wants to spend it on!
Employees have received raises far in excess of most citizens. Employees can still spike their pensions – at your expense. Employees still have gold-plated insurance. Coliseum still sucks money. BCPA still sucks money. Creativity Center is sucking money now and plans are to make it even worse. Don’t forget the sports complex and new pool.
It gets worse – they have no intention of spending all the money raised on fixing the roads:
They are fixated on the downtown that failed decades ago and only continues to get worse as more businesses leave.
Bloomington needs a yellow (orange is easier) vest protest Monday night! How long are the citizens going to take this abuse? Stay home and be good sheep and be led to slaughter!
Does anybody know there is an election on April 2nd? Early voting has begun with hardly a peep from the media.
I refuse to drive
until it is fixed!
(Hope you don’t own a business there)