Bloomington: Population vrs Employees

By: Dian e Benjamin Tari Renner has repeatedly said Bloomington cut staff. He doesn’t mention in 2013 they changed how employees are counted. See the footnote at the bottom of the employees list. What we do know is the budget vastly expanded since 2013 and the number of employees has crept up while the population […]

Bloomington: How is this Justice?

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch the Pledge of Allegiance at 1:55:00.  The only part where Jenn’s lips move is “Liberty and Justice for All”.  She obviously has no clue where liberty comes from, she must think government grants freedom, of course government must also give justice for her hommies too. Two years ago I did a […]

Remember that budget meeting?

By:  Diane Benjamin On December 20th, during the day and at the BCPA, the City of Bloomington held a budget meeting.  The camera angle didn’t allow the charts on the wall to be seen, but a person who was there sent me some of them. If you forgot this meeting – see this story:  https://blnnews.com/2017/12/22/budget-meeting-the-video/ The […]

Why City Councils don’t listen

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight Bloomington is holding a public hearing on the budget for the year that starts May 1st. All you need to know is Bloomington is planning on hiring 4 more employees which will make the pension liability even higher and, to balance the budget, they are robbing the Enterprise Funds: I guess […]

Bloomington: $20 Million in cuts?

By:  Diane Benjamin Can $20 million be cut from Bloomington’s budget?  David Hales thinks disaster would strike Bloomington if the tax increases were rolled back.  (The media happily reports it!) Here’s a better question: The 2012 TOTAL budget was $165.3 million (Pre Tari) The 2013 TOTAL budget was $167 million (Pre Tari) That 2017 TOTAL […]

Bloomington Budget Bare Bones? Not really

By:  Diane Benjamin Want to balance Bloomington’s budget? First, cut the planned spending at the Coliseum:  $2,510,000  https://blnnews.com/2015/02/27/coliseum-2510000/  (Funny how the Flex has videos on their Facebook page from the equipment the City claims can’t be fixed!) The Zoo is a great place, but subsidizing it for $667,324 isn’t prioritizing spending.  Do you want the […]

Bloomington Budget-behind the scenes

by:  Diane Benjamin All of the following emails were received under the Freedom of Information Act. I still hear people say “Why isn’t the Bloomington Council be more like Normal’s?” Did you ever tell the kids to just go away for a while and be quiet?  You needed time, space, whatever – so the kids needed […]

Renner talking about the budget-weird!

by:  Diane Benjamin This email was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act Below is an email sent by Tari Renner to Karen Schmidt and David Sage after they had breakfast together.  It was written February 28th.   Tari implied in one radio appearance, I think WJBC, that he wasn’t for the 17 new hires.  He actually […]

Bloomington: 2 budget points of view

By:  Diane Benjamin This week both Mayor Renner and Alderwoman Stearns were interviewed on WGLT.  The 2 points of view are very different.  Listen to both, then comment below. Mayor Renner:  http://wglt.org/wireready/news/2014/03/09381_03-31rennerqa_web_154436.shtml Alderwoman Stearns:  http://wglt.org/wireready/news/2014/04/09397_04-01stearnsqaWEB_102634.shtml

Bloomington: Somebody needs to explain this!

by:  Diane Benjamin The following is from Book 1 of the Proposed budget – the one that was $11 Million higher than last year.  See pages 48-49.  Click on either picture to enlarge. The City is anticipating a decrease in revenue of $14,008,375! The City has budgeted for a decrease in expenses of $22,683,662! First, […]

Bloomington: Where the money goes

by:  Diane Benjamin Click on the picture to enlarge.  The below is from Book 1 of the Bloomington Budget: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6393 Other Public Works has no explanation. How did parks go up to 62 in 2008, then down to 46 in 2013? Baseball fields, Basketball courts, and Tennis courts are great, but the maintenance money is always […]

More taxes Bloomington!

by:  Diane Benjamin I hope the residents of Bloomington took the time to watch the Council meeting on-line tonight.  You can’t really tell what they are thinking unless you watch it.  It will be available here if you missed it tonight:  http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=61  Bring coffee, it’s long. There was a presentation of the budget – $180,000,000 […]