City of Bloomington officials want residents to contact state lawmakers, enouraging them to oppose municipal budget cuts proposed by Governor Pat Quinn last week. Assistant City Manager Barb Adkins ays it doesn't matter if there seems to be little traction in Springfield over the governor's proposal that could trim as much as a million dollars from Bloomington's annual budget beginning this year.
"Our city council and mayor are very concerned that there is even a conversation at the state level, whether it has momentum or not. Just being said sends up a red light for us that says we better get into this conversation really early."
The Illinois Municipal League is behind a grassroots campaign to protect city and town budgets all over the state. Adkins says it's unknown exactly how Bloomington city officials will react if the governor's proposals would stand. She says road and sewer projects could be cut, and the proposed hiring of some additional police and firefighters could be derailed. Bloomington's council is mulling at $169 million annual budget that would take effect May first.
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