Column | Bingo: If you want help listening to every last word during Bloomington’s 2022 budget hearings

Monday begins a series of four city council meetings on Bloomington’s proposed budget for 2022.

Image links to .pdf with 30 different budget bingo cards.

It was last Friday when the proposed 2022 budget was released publicly by Bloomington mayor John Hamilton.

City councilmembers will convene meetings on four successive nights, Monday through Thursday. Each meeting will start at 6 p.m. That’s a half hour earlier than the normal start time for city council meetings.

Based on past practice, what can the public expect to see?

Each department head will present their budget for next year, starting with basic background on why the department exists. The material for those representations is already public, in the form of the budget document, which weighs in at 340 pages.

Even if it’s possible to get up to speed on each department’s budget presentation just by reading the budget document, that’s a bit of a slog. In past years, the slide decks for the presentations have been posted on the city’s budget webpage at some point before the meeting starts. Continue reading “Column | Bingo: If you want help listening to every last word during Bloomington’s 2022 budget hearings”