By: Diane Benjamin
The radicals are back demanding a Welcoming City Ordinance. Public comment was filled with people who think ICE needs permanently banned from doing their job in Bloomington. They held a mini-rally outside City Hall featuring a Chicago professor, your two radical aldermen, and Ward 5 Candidate Patrick Lawler.
Since they all think Trump put kids in cages when it was actually Obama, nothing they say should be believed. Since no candidates have stepped forward with a better message, expect the Democrat Socialists to rule Bloomington after the April election. Congrats.
Most of the meeting didn’t apply to the majority of residents. There was a long presentation on sign code changes. Another presentation on zoning around downtown got sent to the Planning Commission for public hearings. Jamie Mathy admitted his house was involved, he had no problem voting on that issue though.
Approving the Public Art Commission vote got tabled to the last meeting in October. Evidently citizens thought it was a stupid idea at time with declining revenues. Sounds like the Council heard that message. There was talk of private funding through donations and grants, also public hearings before money is spent.
The most interesting part was the Finance Director’s report at 1:55:20. (see a few minutes before that for a recap) The chart shown has both Home Rule and State Sales Tax down, Income Tax is higher because it reflects the part that wasn’t collected in the last fiscal year because the due date was changed.
Local Motor Fuel Taxes and Food/Beverage taxes are also down. If you were wondering when work on Hershey Road is going to begin – it’s scheduled for October.
The local Hotel/Motels are being decimated. Tax receipts are down 50%. Expect more to permanently close.
The Internet Sales Tax is paying off big. Quit buying from Amazon to avoid it.
The Finance Department will re-evaluate next month. The expected $4.7 million decrease in revenue might be revised lower. The City is only planning to use $768,361 from reserves. They still have reserves of slightly over $21 million. Expenses have been cut by delaying staff replacement, decreasing seasonal labor, delaying purchases, and delaying capital projects.