The city of Bloomington is moving ahead with street repairs, approving contracts with sole provider Rowe Construction. Public Works Director Jim Karch says the list of streets to be repaired is still being fine tuned. Aldermen last fall approved a $10-Million bond sale to pay for some street and sidewalk work. Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is threatening to use a veto over the city's budget. Renner's insisting on adding three firefighters to city payroll. He told the council Bloomington could cover it's pension obligations by raising utility taxes by the maximum 5%. That assertion was challenged by Alderman Judy Stearns. Meanwhile city Manager David Hales is looking for ways to cut $2.5-Million in spending. The city council has an April 30th deadline to come up with a budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year.
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