By: Diane Benjamin
When David Hales was still City Manager, the Council held a meeting to look at every program the City has. They couldn’t come up with a thing to cut.
They failed because a conversation on the role of government is never allowed to take place. Instead Bloomington has been allowed to grow massively and tax massively for Quality of Life. Nobody will sit back and look at the results of the taxing and spending. Poor people are being hit the hardest with increased sales, utilities, gas, and all the other levied taxes. What the City describes as Quality of Life destroys the Quality for those who never participate.
So what is the job of government? Should spending benefit the majority or a few? Shouldn’t government only fund what benefits the many? Why should any government program benefit only a few?
Here’s another example:
The 125 Premium Roses from a story yesterday were for a Daddy/Daughter dance: https://blnnews.com/2019/04/23/125-premium-red-roses/
This is on the Parks and Rec website: http://www.bloomingtonparks.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/10124/809
We don’t know how many attended, but at most this event was held for the benefit of 160 people. Did 125 daughters attend with just 35 male adults? If not, what happened to the rest of the roses?
Think about this: Bloomington taxpayers had to pay at least one person to organize this event, including their benefits and pension. Staff had to decorate, set up the venue, be there to run it, and then clean up after. Was food left over? What happened to it?
All this to benefit at most 160 people!
The poor forced to subsidize this event didn’t attend. When you live paycheck to paycheck, $40 for some fun isn’t going to happen.
What benefit did the other 75,000 citizens of Bloomington reap? NONE.
The City of Bloomington has the money to spend (possibly buying votes) on things like this because they forced the citizens to pay more for garbage, roads, and sidewalks. That freed up the taxes you already paid for entertainment of the minority.
Your roads still won’t get fixed. Your garbage rates will automatically increase every year. The City of Bloomington will continue to subsidize what they think is Quality of Life.
The few who can afford to participate get to party.
You get the government you vote for.