Bloomington City Council Passes 2012 Budget

The Sare/Rogers roundabout survived another long night of heated debate and is included in the $56 million budget.

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Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU News

Councilors debated the budget and the proposed roundabouts until the early hours of Thursday morning.

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.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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