By: Diane Benjamin
At the Bloomington City Council meeting last night Jeanne Hamilton announced the State had given them a grant of over $5.6 million for the expansion. Of course, they won’t be using all of it to decrease the property tax increase. See 4:15.
I might have lost track, but I counted 13 comments at the Public Hearing. Most were all in on the library expansion and tax increase. Even a single mother who claimed to live pay check to pay check and stated she can’t afford an increase but supported it anyway. She must not realize her property taxes likely already went up without the library because of rising property values.
Listen for the screams in May-June 2022 when the property tax bills come out which will lead to higher rents. Council members who claim to want affordable housing but still vote to raise property taxes are clueless.
One voice from the past spoke against the expansion and property tax increase: Judy Stearns. You can hear her comment by just hitting play below.
Meanwhile, now is a good time to revisit a story I did in 2014 about liberal progressive Austin Texas: https://blnnews.com/2014/07/07/clueless-fazzini-and-other-liberals/
“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.
“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”
Bloomington is headed down the same path. At least the citizens of Austin voted to destroy themselves, Bloomington citizens don’t get that luxury!
(Thank Tari Renner when you get the bill. He stacked the library board with people who wanted this)