Ever going to have a Library Conversation?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Public Library wants another tax hike.  They are still looking to expand. What is clear is they aren’t expanding for books.  To keep traffic coming to the library their focus is events.  http://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org/Assets/files/bpl_board/boardpackets/2019/2019.10bplboardpacket.pdf Do taxpayers get a voice?  Does the Bloomington Library exist to hold free events?  Is that something […]

Allin Township: Ready to pay more?

By:  Diane Benjamin A question is on the ballot for Allin Township:       This was passed at the December meeting.  Read the minutes, does this sound like they NEED the money or just WANT it? See the minutes here:  Allin Township Meeting Before you vote, know what the current rate you pay is, […]

Forget the roads – unless you pay more

By:  Diane Benjamin What a scam!  Unless the citizens of Bloomington are willing to pay more to fix the roads they aren’t going to get fixed! Tim Gleason is so cute the way he talks about tax increases.  He claims he isn’t making recommendations, he’s just throwing numbers out for them to consider.  Here the […]

Tax Tax Tax

By:  Diane Benjamin The horrific State policies that led to people fleeing Illinois are now local.  Government must have more and more of your money because they have more and more things they MUST do. Actually, those things don’t need to be done, but progressive Democrats need to control your life because they are so […]

Local Motor Fuel Tax Facts

By:  Diane Benjamin The current .04 a gallon Motor Fuel Tax was passed on April 21, 2014.    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6667 The documentation for this meeting claimed it would generate around $1 Million for transportation infrastructure:   (PDF page 25) http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6644 ____________________________ The very next year $2,400,000 was budgeted as expected receipts: PDF page 38 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=9706 Was the Council […]

Did the Library Board scam the Council?

By:  Diane Benjamin The email below was written by the Bloomington Public Library Board President.  I redacted who it was written to.  It’s the content that is interesting. Alex was obviously worried about getting the tax increase passed the Board wanted.  According to this story, the library didn’t say at the Council meeting why they […]

Downtown Loons

By:  Diane Benjamin TIF districts are like Greek to most citizens.  If you don’t understand them, government will continue to redistribute money and call it Economic Development. TIF’s made easy:  Government sets a Tax Increment Finance area.  All government bodies in the area have to agree to forgo tax increases due to increasing property values.  […]

Evacuate!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois Senate needed one Republican to vote with the Democrats to override Gov Rauner’s veto of the income tax hike.  They got one:  Dale Righter. Madigan got MORE Republicans than he needed to pass the tax hike in the House – 15 of them.  (Including Bill Mitchell and Mike Unes from […]

Declare your Independence!

By:  Diane Benjamin The 4th of July commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.  It includes a long list of “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the Americans’ rights and liberties. FIFTEEN members of the Republican party voted yesterday in the House of Representatives to increase our income taxes 32%: Republicans voting yes […]

Another view on TRS-Teacher’s Retirement System

I attended yesterday’s TRS presentation at Normal Community High School. Click here to see the presentation: http://trs.illinois.gov/subsections/press/TownHalls_Spring2012.pdf The presentation appears to over-inflate their actual investment earnings. Click here to see results from their site: http://trs.illinois.gov/subsections/investments/investments.htm While I can completely understand the promises made to teachers, similar promises were made to Social Security recipients, present and […]