By: Diane Benjamin
Jenn Carrillo didn’t bother to attend. Other council members have forgotten how to talk INTO a microphone, at times voices were difficult to hear.
A long line of people appeared again disappointed at the City’s reaction to the raw sewage in their basements. One thing is obvious: The City isn’t capable of a rapid response. The sewer and storm water systems can not be separated quickly no matter how much money is thrown at the problem. The entire Committee of the Whole meeting next week will be devoted to this topic.
The longest conversation was about paying cash for large purchases instead of capital leases. The City of Bloomington is FLUSH with cash, there is no reason both paying cash and fixing the sewers can’t be done. Since IEPA provides low interest loans the City would likely get money from them anyway.
Jeff Crabill, Julie Imig, and Mollie Ward didn’t want to pass this. Some discussion happened on tabling it, that also failed.
This was the agenda item:
Just so you understand how disastrous capital leases have been, the items below were on the Bills report. Keep in mind this is just one meeting. Note the amount of interest paid too. You know carrying a balance on credit cards is bad for your fiscal health, the same applies to the City. We don’t know how much the City has outstanding, when the financial statements are eventually released we will know how much as of April 30th.
Just hit play to hear the discussion: