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Renner Burns While Council Fiddles

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:50:16 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The City of Bloomington's fiscal year ends in eight days and the city does not have a balanced budget. Mayor Tari Renner said during GLT's Sound Ideas he may veto the portion of the budget the council approved that invades city reserves to pay for pensions even though if the 6-3 initial budget vote goes the same way on the veto the council would override his
decision.

   
"I wasn't making a symbolic statement. I wasn't joking. I am really really really disappointed in the Bloomington City Council beyond description, in terms of what we have not done and how we have fiddled. So I am hoping to get something more responsible out of this."

Renner is still backing a public utility tax increase to pay for pension contributions and narrow what he says is an eight million dollar structural deficit. Renner says other suggestions for cuts don't add up to the difference. For instance, he says laying off half the BCPA staff amounts to one percent of what is needed. Renner says he will entertain all suggestions that can be earmarked for pension obligations.


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