By: Dine Benjamin
Start with this chart that recaps actual and projected tax receipts in the current budget:
PDF page 120 https://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=22149
The Local Motor Fuel Tax didn’t exist before Tari. Since doubling the tax, the City expects to collect $4,630,000 this year.
The Amusement Tax didn’t exist before Tari. The City expects to collect $1,000,000 this year. Note: 2019 receipts were under budget.
Video Gaming didn’t exist before Tari. The City expects to collect $800,000 this year.
Home Rule Sales Tax was increased 1% in 2015. Before the increase, the City was collecting around $16 million. The City expects to collect $20 million this year. See the chart in this story: https://blnnews.com/2018/08/01/the-sales-tax-decline-in-bloomigton/
Immediately after the increase the City collected $24.2 million, it has been decreasing ever since.
In just this one year, the City of Bloomington is taking an additional $10,430,000 (4,630,000 + 1,000,000 + 800,000 + $4,000,000) away from local citizens. You have less money to spend because of taxes.
Your garbage fee has increased and will increase every year without a Council vote
Your sewer and storm water rates have increased.
Your water bill has increased.
Your utilities tax has increased – get rid of your home phone and it will drop.
Below is the total budget by year: https://www.cityblm.org/i-want-to-/advanced-components/hidden-pages/previous-annual-budget-reports/-folder-140
Just using General Fund spending isn’t a valid comparison since spending that used to be paid from the GF has been segregated into enterprise and special funds.
2020 budget 227,542,262
2019 budget 210,117,855
2018 budget 214,126,710
2017 budget 207,620,553
2016 budget 172,474,544
The budget increases since 2016 total $55,067,718.
The City carries over parts of the budget to the following year, so it distorts these numbers a little. It doesn’t come close to $55 million.
What has Bloomington got to show for it?
Notice spending increased way beyond the inflation rate?