By: Diane Benjamin
Both Bloomington and Normal will be honoring Gold Star Families with banners along Main Street from Memorial Day through Veterans Day. This link has information about honoring your loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom: https://www.americasgoldstarfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/AGSF-Order-Form-Artwork-2022_compressed.pdf
See 5:50 on the video below for more details and the proclamation at the Council meeting. Worth watching.
Comments to see: 42:09 Sheila Montney on why she voted against the budget. Next Jeff Crabill followed at 44:50. Watch both to see the difference between a representative of the people and a progressive. There is a stark contrast. Crabill trumps accelerating Locust-Colton as a success in the budget, he must have forgotten he voted against it in 2020: https://blnnews.com/2021/08/06/crabill-is-the-eastgate-hero-not-so-fast/
Donna Boelen was named Mayor Pro Tem to replace Jamie Mathy who resigned.
One more comment to see: 1:4:07 Sheila Montney talks about reducing taxes because Bloomington has new revenue sources, has no shortage of money, and the Sales Tax increase was passed as needed for the “structural deficit” that no longer exists.
The meeting was slightly over an hour, most wasn’t conducting business. Don’t expect a big improvement in roads, funding for them was short-changed again. Nick Becker was absent, with the Ward 1 vacancy the budget vote was 6-1. Reserves of $32 million are still predicted, twice what the City used to have.