By: Diane Benjamin
Link to the original story: https://blnnews.com/2019/03/20/huge-bloomington-error/
The loss to the Water Department is likely much greater than I estimated.
The charge to businesses is based on the size of the line. The $6.80 per month that should have increase to $27.20 a month is for a 1 inch line.
Automatic increases mean future Councils don’t need to vote. That should be against the law! This isn’t the only automatic increase. The Council recently passed it for garbage service.
I’m betting very few businesses have a 1 inch line, I know one with an 8 inch line. Their bill should have gone from $54.40 a month (6.80 x 8) to $217.60 per month (27.20 x 8)!
Besides the huge amounts of money the Water Department never saw, this is a massive fleece to businesses required to have a sprinkler system by law. Government told them what to build and then taxed it – Because They Can!
Remember when they discussed requiring all new homes to have sprinkler systems? Would this fee have applied to homes too?
The City Council should take another look at their anti-business policies. In the example above, the City will be taking another $1,958.40 a year from some local businesses. We know the City is anti-business, is the Council too?
Normal doesn’t have this fee. This statement is on the Bloomington website – Normal isn’t listed: http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/public-works/resident-community/frequently-asked-questions/-selcat-8
It doesn’t matter how many programs the City has to help small businesses. Policies like this one will prevent them from locating here. If Bloomington raises the gas tax, Normal is looking like a better option for business.