Bloomington’s Taxing & Spending History:

By:  Diane Benjamin Budget numbers for 2016 and 2017 are from the City website: All other numbers are from the Illinois Comptroller’s office at the link below. If your assessed value just increased significantly – look at the EAV (Equalized Assessed Valuation) The housing market crashed in 2008, in Bloomington it crashed in 2013.  […]

Shoestring budget? Really?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m just getting started looking at Bloomington’s budget.  One point citizens MUST understand:  Paying for needs used to be in the General Fund.  Taxpayers probably think their taxes go for Roads, sewers, etc: essential services.  Instead, roads are now funded only by the new Motor Fuel Tax.  If your taxes had not […]

Need a vacation? Have the taxpayers pick up the tab!

by:  Diane Benjamin I hear New Orleans is lovely this time of year. Ask Ben Owens – McLean County Board.  In July he attended a conference there.  Travel $544.00.  Expenses from 7/10 to 7/13 – $810.68.  The County doesn’t know if the conference cost anything. Common sense government is no longer allowed.  Education is required […]