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City Passes Property Tax Increase for Sidewalks

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The City Council voiced support last night for a property tax increase to fund sidewalk repairs. City Controller Jeff Underwood presented a proposal re-establishing a cumulative capital development fund, along with the property tax increase. The fund is primarily supported by property taxes. Underwood says Mayor Hamilton would like to prioritize the money for sidewalk projects. As for the impact …

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Mayor Announces Deal for Bloomington Hospital Property

On Wednesday morning, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton announced to a room of reporters, politicians and residents that the city will buy 24 acres of the current Bloomington Hospital at a discounted rate. Hamilton says the city will pay $6.5 million for the current site, discounted from an IU Health commissioned appraisal of the site’s $16 million estimated value. A purchase …

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Bloomington Approves New Commercial Building At 3rd and Washington

On Feb. 10 the Bloomington Plan Commission approved a plan for a new building downtown that would include a convenience store. The four-story building would also contain three apartments and room for additional businesses. The new structure is planned for the southwest corner of 3rd and Washington streets, on a site that has most recently been the location of a …

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State law changes regarding historic districts in Bloomington

At a meeting yesterday the Bloomington City Council discussed changing the city’s rules regarding historic districts. Most discussion surrounded a change that city attorney Patty Mulvehill said was required by state law. Conservation districts are less restrictive to neighborhoods than full historic districts, which require the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to approve all exterior changes to homes. Instead, designating an …

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