By: Diane Benjamin
Bills and Payroll: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21131
The BCPA hasn’t posted an event report since my last FOIA. Transparency isn’t part of their game!
Looks like throwing parties for themselves. The funny part is what account they charge these to: Community Relations (but the community isn’t invited)
On the Consent Agenda is a resolution to accept $378,000 from the State to be used for grants to repair houses. This is the second grant. Although nice in theory, it’s redistribution of your wealth. Why would anybody on the west side spend their money to fix their house when eventually they can get free money? If they don’t get picked for Round 1 or Round 2, why not just wait for future rounds? How many votes does this plan buy? How are recipients picked? Are the winners names released?
Also on the Consent Agenda is suspending the business license registration. Below is Tim Gleason’s reason for cancelling, not the real reasons. If you missed this story, a Facebook post by a local lawyer and outrage expressed to Alderman about the process likely had more to do with cancelling it: https://blnnews.com/2019/02/14/bloomington-business-registration-suspended/
Of course there is no reimbursement to the local business owners who already invested a lot of time trying to figure out how to register:
If you have never understood pension spiking, tonight is the night to be educated. Three non-union employees are going to retire, the meeting documentation spells out exactly how much it is going to cost you and how much more each will collect. See PDF page 141:
Three employees will cost you $230,151.
Nancy Nelson will collect $264.79 more per month.
Gabriel Nege will collect $420.62 more per month.
Richard Twait will collect $767.46 more per month.
All 3 simply accrued sick leave and vacation time. The law changed in 2012 because the retirement system (IMRF) couldn’t remain viable paying pensions they never received funding for. It has easily cost taxpayers more than $2 million so far. It will continue to cost you because the City is only changed the policy for new hires. All the City needs to do is change WHEN the payment is made to avoid future expense. Since it isn’t their money, they don’t care what it costs you.
In October 2018 the Council demanded union contracts in the future prevent spiking. There doesn’t appear to be any “leading by example” by non-union personnel. They can still spike, since the numerous union contracts aren’t negotiated every year spiking will continue for years.
The budget and video gaming will be discussed.
You will be told the budget is balanced. Funding road resurfacing was never a priority, so of course it balances. Instead of prioritizing spending by essential services (like roads), City priories get funding. Citizens of Bloomington should be outraged that many roads are so poor they are un-drivable.