The Bloomington City council approved Mayor Teri Renner's pick of Joni Painter to replace Jennifer McDade as the person representing the fifth ward on the council. The confirmation came in an 8-to-0 vote. McDade stepped down from the council, and from the Economic Development Council. 9th ward alderman Jim Fruin assumes her role as city representative on the council. Also last night, city manager David Hales presented the council with a $180.5 Million budget that calls for increasing the number of city employees, and additional revenue. Hales says the city doesn't have enough workers in many departments to do their jobs right. He proposes adding 17 new workers. To cover the cost, the budged proposes increasing city utility taxes to their maximum levels. That would double the tax on water and natural gas bills going from 2.5% to 5%. An amusement tax is also proposed, and Bloomington wants to stop a quarter cent sales tax from expiring in 2016. Aldermen will take a closer look at the budget March 22nd.
(photo credit: City of Bloomington)
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