By: Diane Benjamin
3 people spoke at Public Comment. The first two complained about noise effecting their homes. Neither was completely coherent, I have no idea what area of the city they were talking about. The third raved about Bloomington 101. The comments start at 3:36 is you want to interpret for me. Another guy called in to speak about mulching leaves instead of having the City collect them.
Next was a presentation of the beautification awards. After Joni Painter did an introduction there were pictures on the screen, the following speaker(s) couldn’t be heard or seen. This starts around 17:00. Again, interpreter needed.
The City of Bloomington has been using the same auditor since 2016. It is long past time to change the CPA firm doing the auditing. Even though audits don’t look for fraud, a cozy relationship with auditors means it won’t be seen either.
Get it? Audits don’t look for fraud!
When some government person proclaims: “We passed the audit”, it only means all the numbers are in the right colums.
This is the slide from the audit presentation taxpayers need to see:
Of course this information has mold growing it now because it is from 4/30/22. Reserves were MUCH higher than they used to be.
Just like the Town of Normal, IMRF pension funding is above 100%. Unlike Normal where both Fire and Police funding percents increased, both of Bloomington’s decreased. They are better funded than Normal but nowhere near stellar. https://blnnews.com/2022/11/14/town-of-normal-pension-reports-dont-match/
If both Police and Fire decreased last fiscal year what will they be on 4/30/23?
The meeting was less than an hour in case you want to watch: