Although the number of readers is WAY up, contributions aren’t. Because of that I am considering switching to a subscription website. The cost would be minimal, maybe $5-$10 a month. Stories would not be posted to Facebook, Twitter, and other sites like they are now. Another option is to have a premium site for people […]
By: Diane Benjamin The charts below are from the Illinois Comptroller’s office – this is information Bloomington reported to them. Government Activity is the column to look at, especially liabilities due beyond one year. Since it is hard to read: Source: Liabilities 2018 – $221,260,896 2017 – $198,984,845 2016 – $216,297,608 What is this HUGE […]
By: Diane Benjamin Downtown Southwest 19TIF06402530Downtown_outhwest_1 This TIF was started in 2016. It shows it’s first income of $1,552. Expenses to date charged to the TIF have produced a negative fund balance of 119,273. Since only $21,713 has been spent according to the report – sidewalks – the negative balance is likely caused by something […]
By: Diane Benjamin Empire Street Corridor 19TIF06402530Empire_StCorridor_1 This TIF had income last year of $388,527 from increasing property values and $7,091 in interest. Total income since the inception in 2016 is $425,624. The theory of TIF’s is development wouldn’t happen unless developers and taxpayers share in the cost. So where did this year’s income go? […]
By: Diane Benjamin It would be nice if Bloomington showed the same charts year-to-year, but they don’t. These charts are available here: https://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-145 Budgeted numbers: The 1% Sales tax increase went into effect January 1st 2016 after being passed in 2015. The budget for Food and Beverage tax is lower in 2019 than 2015. The […]
Planning to vote for ANY democrat? You must have gone to public school or think you will actually get a pension someday! Source: The US States People Are Fleeing Expect higher taxes because democrats will not fix the problems. They expect the ones left to pay their bills. . . . . . . . […]
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