By: Diane Benjamin
Tari did an interview with WGLT two days ago: listen to the 2nd link starting around 10:30 https://www.wglt.org/post/aldermen-pass-budget-struggle-new-spending-designation-0?fbclid=IwAR2Jx7sTc9iwMkVidRvhpYMO1qW6fVsAusw2AvgTqosU6rvBSisBhLRyK84#stream/0
None of the below got covered in the WGLT story.
If the current Council thought they were setting a path for spending next year, according to Tari, they are wrong. He claimed budgets are always subject to change, so chances are really good that the largest budget ever passed in Bloomington is going to get bigger. He also claimed the new members come with different priorities, so they can’t be bound by those leaving.
First up will be a Water Park to replace O’Neil pool. That is Tari’s choice, only $20 million dollars. Tari claims he just need to find the money to make the payments, the debt doesn’t matter.
The host asked Tari if the new Council should wait until next year to make changes. Per Tari: NO. He claims no city he knows of doesn’t make changes when a new Council is seated because they come with different priorities. (Does that apply in Normal too?)
Tari claims they need to say this is what we have in the budget, can we do more – should we do more.
The answer from the new Council members (minus Donna Boelen) will overwhelmingly be Of Course We Should!
Budgets are now a “Work In Progress” subject to the whims of the Council.
Tari claims thinking budgets are set in stone is a figment of your imagination.
From the claims made by Tari, Master Plans are set in stone, budgeting is merely required by law but otherwise immaterial.