By: Diane Benjamin
There has been a moratorium on evictions for around a year now. There are local landlords who haven’t received rent for that long. Even though assistance is available, some renters have decided to live for free instead instead of doing the paperwork. Worse, the City of Bloomington is attempting to collect past due bills from the landlords since the renters know there is also a moratorium on shutting off water. Some renters quit paying the City.
City Manager Tim Gleason stated Bloomington has a program to help those who will be evicted when the moratorium ends. I hope he screens them to weed out the slackers and only help those who couldn’t pay through no fault of their own. Using taxpayers dollars to help those who refused to help themselves merely enables them to continue expecting freebies.
Two landlords appeared in person for public comment. Neither appeared to be rich overloads taking advantage of the poor. The comments are immediately after Tim Gleason. Expenses for maintenance and property taxes didn’t stop while the renters lived for free. Tari broke his own comment rules again and told the first guy the City might have programs to help. The second received a water bill for over $1800 that included a threat to put a lien on her property.
More proof government “help” produces unintended consequences for those not on the receiving side. Could you survive for a year not being paid but expenses continue anyway?
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