Two suggested paths to deal with the city of Bloomington's eight million dollar budget hole are very different. Yesterday GLT talked with Mayor Tari Renner who made the case for a public utility tax increase. Today, GLT's Charlie Schlenker speaks with Alderman Judy Stearns who advocates a different path....
Alderman Stearns also suggests charging school districts $200,000 a year for School resource officers, and cutting printing costs by $30,000 a year by eliminating brochures.
Other proposals up for debate are a motor fuel tax and a four percent amusement tax on movies and sporting events. City Manager David Hales is trying to find 2.5 million dollars in cuts to make by the Council's meeting April 14th. Aldermen Judy Stearns and Kevin Lower have set a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the budget issue for 7 p.m. Tuesday April 8th. It will be at the Launchpad on East Front Street in Bloomington. Aldermen Scott Black, David Sage and Karen Schmidt have set their own Town Hall Meeting for Wednesday April 9th. That will be at 6:30 at the Miller Park Pavillion.
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