Bloomington Mayoral candidate Tari Renner is kicking off his campaign by emphasizing open government, working in a collaborative way, and economic issues. Renner says the previous administration and council had to focus on repairing city finances. Now is the time, he says, to emphasize infrastructure and job development.
Renner says the city should allow homeowners several years to pay their share of sidewalk replacements instead of the current up front cost. He says the timed payments could be added to water bills. Renner says the backlog of dilapidated streets can be reduced significantly by using two million dollars of the 15 million in city reserves on top of the current proposed street program. And he says the Hamilton Road extension would reduce traffic on Veterans Parkway and create construction jobs.
Renner gives current Mayor Steve Stockton and the Council credit for restoring reserves even though it meant some projects went undone.
Renner lost his first run for Mayor to the now retiring Stockton by only fifteen votes, but did not demand a recount. Several other people are mulling the mayoral race including announced candidate and State Farm employee Alton Franklin, former Alderman John Hanson, and former Libertarian party candidate for Governor Lex Green.
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