Wrapping up Bloomington Last Monday

By: Diane Benjamin See 1:12:00 Tim Gleason tells the Council they can’t discuss the 2nd dispensary location because the city might get sued. You will never know the details of who is behind this location or hear if any ways have been found to detect drivers under the influence. Discussion was shut down by a […]

Normal tonight – Mental Health!

By: Diane Benjamin https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4265 Chris Koos is back to traveling at taxpayer expense: The agenda is pretty slim, taxpayers will get an update on your last Sales Tax rate increase: PDF page 44: The Council will be holding an Executive Session (Secret meeting) to discuss personnel issues. This has to be about specific employees, not […]

Normal’s tax and fee History – comprehensive

By:  Diane Benjamin Recap of Normal’s tax history: This story has screen shots from the Normal website on May 30, 2012:  https://blnnews.com/2012/05/30/normal-il-what-is-up-with-the-debt/ All current rates can be found from this site:  http://www.normal.org/129/Taxes-Fees What is the rate now?  8.75%   3.5% going to the Town of Normal What is the rate now?   What is the rate now? […]

Taxes never sunset

By:  Diane Benjamin City Manager Tim Gleason has mentioned to Council could pass increasing the Gas Tax with a sunset date.  History shows the Council will cancel any sunset clause. I found this while looking for something else:   PDF page 9  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6766 The Council not only cancelled the .25% sunset in 2014, in 2015 they […]

When you elect the wrong people . . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin It looks like Bloomington has to be destroyed by government spending before people realize local elections matter.  Or, maybe only the people who can’t move will be left paying the bills which are about to get much bigger. Monday night the Bloomington will see the results of doing “Wants” before Needs.  MANY […]

Speak your mind folks

By:  Diane Benjamin Tomorrow at the Den:  Public Comment – sign up before 8:00  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9090 Monday night at Council:  Public Comment – sign up before 7:00  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9124 Same meeting – time undetermined:  Public Comment will be allowed again on Raising the Sales Tax.  If you want more of your money stolen by government, stay home.  […]

$16 Million for schools? Really?

by Diane Benjamin Last August I received information from the City of Bloomington under the Freedom of Information Act about the BCPA.  I wanted to know how much the 1/4% indefinite sales tax generated for them.  (http://blnnews.com/2013/08/19/bpca-14-sales-tax-you-pay/) It’s strange the numbers just happen to be even amounts, but they can give a guide to how […]