There have been many conversations and differences of opinion regarding how to revive Bloomington’s downtown. The Downtown Task Force has surely spent many hours pursuing options. A particular remark in the Jan. 28 Pantagraph guest commentary by task force member Carlo Robustelli stood out. He asked, “Why has this effort been met with so much negativity?” Here’s an idea: Perhaps it isn’t negativity as much as it is a reality check — the reality being costs to residents.
News articles consistently report on the city’s budget woes. Can the committee, city council or mayor find ways to massage the existing city budget enough to cover costs the city might incur as a participant in catalyst projects? A $2.9 million gap in the FY2019 budget was reported in the Dec. 14 Pantagraph. Perhaps I’ve missed reading how the city’s share of these projects is to be funded without raising taxes.
I don’t believe I’m wrong in stating that many people are tired of public entities digging into our pockets for more while unfortunately being forced to provide less. In many instances this is necessary. Is this really one of them?
Proponents of a catalyst for downtown are our dreamers, and that’s great, but please don’t assume everyone wishes to contribute. It looks like my next “contribution” is earmarked for increased trash collection fees, accompanied by reduced services. And there’s probably a pothole down the street with my name in it ..... perhaps next to a storm drain that doesn’t function well.
Marsha Heustis, Bloomington