By: Diane Benjamin
When Tari ran for re-election in 2017 he promised to fix the streets, he forgot to add one line to his campaign card:
Tari created a Gas Tax in 2014 to fix the roads, he raised the Sales Tax in 2015 to fix the roads. NOTHING is being spent on road resurfacing that didn’t come from these 2 tax increases!
The General Fund is expected to have a surplus of between $4 and $5 MILLION this year.
NOBODY on the Council has asked a simple question: Why does the Motor Fuel Tax need raised again when we have extra money?
In 2015 this was on the City website and discussed at a Council meeting:
Jim Karch told the Council spending $9,448,821 EVERY YEAR only gets the streets to a rating of 4 out of 10.
According to the Proposed Budget – PDF page 230 – http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=21171
Spending on streets “exceeded $3.5 million this year”. ($3,500,000.01?)
PDF page 251 of the proposed budget has this:
Since the City is ONLY using taxes the Council increased to fund roads, less than half of what Jim Karch told the Council in 2015 he needed is in the budget. All of that money is not even being spent to fix the streets. How much of it will go to bike paths a couple of people use? The Master Plans demand them!
Roads are obviously not a priority!
Voters were deceived by Tari. He will demand the gas tax be increased at the 3/25 Council meeting.
There is NEVER enough of your money for Democrats. Their agendas take priority over the wants of the people being robbed. Pensions will continue to be spiked, the City will continue obsessing over the dead downtown, the Coliseum and BCPA will suck up even more money, the huge empty buses destroying the roads will be funded, junkets called meetings and training will continue, etc, etc, etc. The needs of citizens will continue to be ignored.
Hear what Karch told the Council in 2015 at this link: https://blnnews.com/2015/05/12/13-7m-9-5m-what-tari-didnt-want-to-hear/