By: Diane Benjamin
The stats below are from the latest Bloomington financial statements: https://www.cityblm.org/home/showpublisheddocument?id=25360
PDF pages 197-198
Lots of other stats are included on the same pages. Below is how the City printed the information instead of going with landscape which would have made it easier to read.
Traffic citations are way down. So are juvenile arrests.
What you need to see and the library needs to explains is THIER stats. Visitors and Circulation don’t show a need for expansion. If they are using “if we build it they will come” philosophy, we’ve seen that game before. Coliseum and BCPA (2019) stats are on the same pages. Experience proves government builds what they want, not what you need. COVID didn’t affect the library numbers, Fiscal Year 2019 ended 4/30/2019.