Bloomington’s city council held its 2021 “budget advance” meeting last Wednesday. The meeting is an annual chance for councilmembers to tell the administration what their priorities are for the coming year.
Sidewalks, bike lanes, food security, and leaf pickup were among the specific topics that councilmembers discussed. The general theme was uncertainty about revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the council’s budget hearings are scheduled to unfold on successive nights between Aug. 19 and Aug. 22. At the end of September the council will hear a first official reading of the budget, which can be different from the version that’s presented during the hearings.
Final adoption of the budget is expected on Oct. 14.
Dave Rollo talks with Sue Sgambelluri before the start of the Jan. 29, 2020 city council meeting.
A map of 2020 sidewalk projects with overlay of the city’s consolidated TIF district.
Jim Sims, chair of the city council’s sidewalk committee.
This year’s annual approval of the city council’s sidewalk committee report came at last Wednesday’s city council meeting. The report included $324,000 in funding for six different projects. The half dozen projects included: two sidewalk construction projects, two sidewalk design projects, and two traffic calming or crosswalk projects.
On Monday at noon, Bloomington city council’s sidewalk committee met for the second time in the last couple weeks, to sort through 62 proposed new sidewalk construction projects for 2020.
This year, the four-member group has $324,000 to allocate towards the projects, one of which, along Dunn Street, has been on the list for two decades, since 2001.
This year’s total of $324,000 reflects an increasing trend. Over the last 10 years, the council has averaged around $280,000 per year in approvals, with the last six years right around $300,000 or slightly higher.
Monroe County attorney Jeff Cockerill presented a proposal to Bloomington’s city council Wednesday night that will use revenue from the West Side TIF (tax increment financing) District to pay for two new roads in the area southeast of the intersection of Vernal Pike and Curry Pike.