By: Diane Benjamin
The IT Department is planning major upgrades, the presentation starts at 50:45. The projected budget for the year that ended 4/30/21 was $3,429,242.
The budget for this year increase 15.5% to $4,182,365, an increase of $753,123. Source: Budget PDF page 167 https://www.cityblm.org/home/showpublisheddocument/26434/637575549746730000
This graphic at 59:19 shows where the IT Department wants to go:
Achieving “Innovator” is going to be expensive and way beyond what most municipalities do. Bloomington was sitting on huge reserves however, returning money to taxpayers will never happen. Technology changes rapidly. When “Innovator” is achieved it will be out of date.
See 1:19:25 Jamie Mathy’s comment sums up what IT plans to do. It is much more extension than the presentation shows.
This one will hit your wallet. History: Garbage service used to be covered with taxes you already paid until an Enterprise Fund was formed. Since this fund continually has problems, your garbage bill continually goes up.
Monday night was the FIFTH Solid Waste presentation in recent months. Approving changes will be before the Council next Monday.
- 2 free bulk drop-offs a month (with permit if remodeling) at the Convenience Center
- discontinue spring and fall bulk pickup
- $50 charge for curbside pickup – it was $25. Days will be scheduled
- disallow extreme demolition pickup – get a dumpster instead
- brush has to be cut up – no 20 foot branches
- leaves must be in biodegradable bags not supplied by the City
With these changes a positive fund balance is predicted. Your monthly fee will still increase 3% a year. In 2018 the 3% increase a year was supposed to fix the fund, it didn’t.
The City bought a vacuum truck for leaves, no mention if it will be sold.
1:40:00 – Listen to Sheila Montney she did her homework!
Mollie Ward wants landlords penalized for trash they or their tenants dump at the curb, City wants to increase enforcement of fines and penalties. She follows Sheila.
1:51:10 – Jeff Crabill poverty rate homes should be recruited for discount program
1:57:30 – Sheila Montney again. Labor cost for spring and fall pickup come from streets and sewers personnel who have to shift to bulk waste. The changes will not reduce total staff, other department staff will just continue to do their assigned jobs.
Bloomington wanted to fix Solid Waste with comparable services without increasing costs. Unless you have access to a truck to take bulk to the Convenience Center yourself, you will be paying more.
In honor of Tari Renner considering a run for State Rep, watch him celebrate the Solid Waste Fund is fixed in 2018, 3 years later it’s back because it wasn’t fixed. He would be perfect for Springfield!
Who voted for 3% increase per year? Mathy, Mwilambwe, Buragas, Black, Hauman, and Bray (1:26:59 in the story below) Sage, Painter, and Schmidt voted no.
Video is a 33 second clip from this story: https://blnnews.com/2018/02/27/solid-waste-done/
Committee of Whole video