I forgot to mention one of the callers to Public Comment is running for the County Board: RJ McCracken. Since he demanded handouts with no facts just feelings, he is unqualified to serve.
By: Diane Benjamin
The meeting started with Public Comment. The Crabill gang had 4 people lined up to beg for money. Jeff Crabill wanted money funneled through the Township, evidently he didn’t read the law for who townships can distribute money to. One caller wanted money given to local businesses so they could be pay their in employees in case they got sick.
The Council heard a presentation on insurance. The questions asked starting at 30:00 were revealing. Deductibles are increasing dramatically. Workman’s Comp is ridiculous because of Illinois regulations.
Next they heard about finances. Since the budget keeps going up they need to keep more in reserves. It used to be $15 million, now it’s $18 million. The projections for how the year will end up keep changing too. At the end of March they projected $23 million in reserves, now it’s between $20 and $21 million.
They do realize revenues are going to be affected. See a recap on the screen at 45:00. Wednesday the City is holding a special meeting on the budget because it has to be passed before May 1st. http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?
A special meeting was called in case the discussion has to be extended to the 4/27 meeting.
See 54:00. The Finance Director is assuming a decrease of 8.5% in revenue. 56:00 has another screen detailing what projects can be delayed.
Note: Normal has said nothing to very little about how revenues are being affected or what plans they have for dealing with it.
1:02:30 Mboka Mwilambwe asked how using fund balance affect bond ratings. Scott Rathbun said as long as the purpose is documented probably it won’t. The City is documenting COVID expenses in hopes of getting some reimbursement from FEMA. (Expect the federal debt to go over $30 trillion if cities across the country demand money)
The real fun started at 1:18:45. Tari Renner introduced the Council Initiative by Jeff Crabill. You really need to watch this part, using Zoom allows you to see the reactions of all the Council members, something we normally don’t get to see.
Tari is all for helping the most vulnerable people. He didn’t say how they would be picked. He then went around to table by ward asking for QUICK opinions.
Mathy – can’t have a discussion without a basic framework
Boelen – agreed with Mathy
Mwilambwe – also agreed
Imig – wanted the discussion
Painter – help is available from numerous organizations, she was a no
Carrillo – yes, details don’t need to be known ahead of a discussion
Black – wants a discussion after sounding like he didn’t have enough facts
Crabill – of course yes
Bray – resources need to focus on the deliverables the City must provide as revenues decline
Jeff Crabill lost 5-4.
They won’t be taking a vote at the next meeting, but I bet this will be back in the future.
One more note: Jenn Carrillo proved how classless she is. Her dog-whistles are inappropriate at a City Council meeting: