By: Diane Benjamin
Read this one slow! Lots of info to absorb.
The ONLY mention of the BCPA in the just released financial statements is the number of employees – PDF page 194 https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23337
First, note the BCPA is part of Parks and Recreation. Second, celebrate the number of employees has decreased. More on that in a minute.
The two charts below of Parks and Recreation are from pages 195 – 196. The title is operating indicators, it means number of people. Since it goes over 2 pages with the titles not on page 2, I added them to make it easier to read.
The first thing to notice is the BCPA doesn’t have it’s own line!
The Ice Center isn’t Pepsi anymore, but why change it years later. Why is the BCPA listed under employees, but it isn’t listed above?
Pools, Zoo, Golf, and Ice Rink all get a line, but we can’t know how many people actually attended events at the BCPA?
Note – Zoo attendance goes up when a new exhibit is added, then drops down. The increase never covers to cost of the exhibit.
Golf is down, Ice Center is down. Program attendance is down – this likely includes summer programs and things like the Lincoln Leisure Center. If the BCPA is included attendance is dismal.
Who are the 11 eleven employees and how much do they cost you?
That one is also hidden. Only two employees on the annual compensation report have BCPA in their job title: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21565
I found 7 other employees on the arts website: https://www.artsblooming.org/about/bcpa-staff
Wegrzynski must be a new employee, he wasn’t on last years compensation report.
This one might be a BCPA employee, but she isn’t listed on the website.
So far just salaries is $505,280.77. These salaries may not be for an entire year. I don’t know the salary of one and the employee list claims 11 employees. This is only 10.
The 11th employee might be the fundraiser hired for the Creativity Center. We aren’t allowed to know how much she has raised though: (State secret) See the story below.
The budget for last year is in this story: https://blnnews.com/2019/01/26/what-no-one-in-bloomington-talks-about/
One thing is clear, the BCPA does not pay for itself. That means all the Bloomington taxpayers who will never attend a $30-$40-$50 or more show are subsidizing those that do.
It is also clear BCPA operations are kept as secret as possible. Events must not have a specific time to be posted. It appears to be when I FOIA them.
The BCPA must be Quality of Life for rich people. I’d love to hear any other explanation.
More information that may explain the problem: