At a meeting of Bloomington Utilities Service Board last night, Board member Jeff Ehman questioned the reason for a 20 million dollar jump in the city of Bloomington’s personnel budget over the past five years. In 2012, the budget was $18 million. That number is now up to $38 million per year. Controller Jeff Underwood said the city has only recently been able to grow its personnel budget after shedding many positions during the national economic downturn.
“We finally have seen some increase in revenue and the economy where tax collections are going back up that we’re going to be able to do some of those projects that we haven’t been able to. From a personnel standpoint, its been relatively zero to no growth since that