The Bloomington City Council voted early this morning to adopt a 2012 budget valued at around $56 million. The amount includes a 1.5 percent raise for non-union city employees and elected city officials and does include funding for three controversial roundabouts planned within the city limits.
Council President Susan Sandberg says that while there were contentious moments during the budget process, she is pleased with the budget as it was passed.
“It was not completely agreed upon in all of its aspects,” she says, “but I feel very strongly it’s one we can live by, and we can meet whatever challenge comes in the next year in crafting the budgets for the future.”
Prior to the final vote, the council debated for the second week in a row whether to withhold funding for the Sare/Rogers roundabout. Last night’s debate mimicked the previous week’s to the letter, with a final vote of 4 to 5 against withholding the funds.
According to the city engineer, the roundabout construction should begin in July of 2012.