By: Diane Benjamin
I rarely write about Normal because the citizens never get outraged. What does it take? Bankruptcy?
Chris Koos had to know the Mitsubishi plant was already sold to a liquidator, but took a trip funded by you to Germany anyway:
Do residents in Normal think all those FREE Uptown events are really FREE? Government sponsored entertainment whether you want it or not:
More government entertainment:
The Bills report shows TONS of credit card spending – see the rest for yourself: Master-1
This is the reason for this story:
A citizen of Normal contacted me about this purchase:
In 2011, the Pantagraph did a story on Ryburn and this property: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/article_92c388e2-be34-11e0-a019-001cc4c002e0.html
She claimed then it would cost $1.2 million to restore the property. She had received grants totaling $76,695 and invested $90,000 of her own money.
The article claims $30,000 of the grant money came from the Town of Normal.
That conflicts with the 2015 TIF report filed with the state of Illinois: 15TIF06409531One_Normal_Place-2
The article says she invested $90,000 in 2011.
Is there a penalty for filing false TIF reports? For false media reports?
When Normal buys this property no property taxes will be paid on it. This is what all the taxing bodies will lose:
Is the $80,000 listed the lot the City is claiming Ryburn paid $24,000 for?
Why is the net taxable value of this property on $38,053? It’s supposed to be a third of the total.
In 2011, Ryburn thought it would take $1.2 million to fix the property. Normal now claims $200,000 – at your expense.
In the end, the Town will own a Route 66 Tourist site. One stop, nothing around it of interest. Will tourists drive a couple of miles more to Downtown Bloomington, stop again, and tour the History Museum?
Ryburn wants to run an ice cream shop from the location.
Looks like a pot of gold! (cough, cough)
Next, I predict a bike trail branch from the one few people ride now.
(didn’t think so)