By: Diane Benjamin
A national magazine for Municipalities features Bloomington in their just released November publication. This is a link to the entire edition: http://www.themunicipal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Municipal-NOV-2019-WEB-linked.pdf
The Bloomington merger of the water and public works departments is covered on PDF pages 32-34. Successful Merger
According to the article, Bloomington is saving $250,000 per year by not replacing employees under the consolidation.
That means the 3% increase in garbage rates every year without a vote should be cancelled. How much was saved by only picking up bulk waste twice a year? Where is the savings from automated pickup?
(Hint: It won’t be cancelled)
Jim Karch is featured in the article. There are pics of a road torn up for sewer repairs. Another pic on page 34 has Karch and some City employees.
Nice press for Bloomington, even if savings never mean a decrease in taxes. That wasn’t covered in the article.
The Council should at least be forced to vote on their yearly theft. Automatic increases should be banned.