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Bloomington Council Inching Toward Budget Resoluton

BLOOMINGTON - After a long work session, the City of Bloomington is hoping to move closer to a new budget.
BLOOMINGTON - After a long work session, the City of Bloomington is hoping to move closer to a new budget.

Council will discuss potential cuts and revenue streams this evening. Mayor Tari Renner says the council needs to be aggressive in funding future pensions for city employees.

Council members were asked to submit essentials to City Manager David Hales last week.

Renner says he doesn't want to dip into reserves, and says council is taking baby steps to fix the issues.

"Mostly our citizens seem to be telling us that they kind of want our current services and we understand if you've got to cut at the margins, but don't cut into lean. And if we cut into lean, then we've got to raise some kind of user fees and taxes in order to balance our budget,” said Renner.

Council is also expected to approve changes to a contract to allow amateur hockey games to be played at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Renner says if the teams stabilize at the coliseum, it could be a steady revenue stream for the city.

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