With only two days to go before a deadline, the city of Bloomington has a budget that includes higher utility taxes. Aldermen approved the hike, which Mayor Tari Renner says is accompanied by corresponding cuts. The utility tax hike means the city won't have to dip into reserves to cover it's pension obligations. Alderman Karen Schmidt, who'd previously voted against a utility tax increase, held her nose and voted for it. She calls the city's pension promises to employees a moral obligation.
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