Fleecing where you don’t notice

By:  Diane Benjamin

Both Bloomington and Normal hesitate to raise property tax rates because citizens will notice.  They can keep the rate level and collect more just by increasing  the assessed value of your home.   Illinois has the highest property taxes in the country, if the cities cared their rates would decrease every year because you will be charged more anyway when the value increases.

Both cities have a hotel/motel tax so they can say visitors pay it.

Both cities also have a Food/Beverage Tax.  From Normal’s website:  http://il-normal.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=129



Does the new 1% tax apply to grocery and vehicles?  I don’t think so, but their website doesn’t make that clear.

When anybody eats out in Normal, they pay not only the 8.75% State, County, and City tax – they get charged another 2%.  Total 10.75%



















A reader recently visited California.  Businesses and citizens are fleeing that State because of high taxes.  Maybe this explains why people are fleeing Illinois too:

caslipaWildly liberal California charges over  3% less in Food and Beverages taxes.

Bloomington also charges the extra 2%.  They budgeted to collect $4,328,539 last fiscal year.

I can hear the mayor saying now that visitors pay much of the tax.  Untrue.  Since local restaurants are frequently jammed, it isn’t visitors contributing to bloated budgets.  It’s you.

Instead of higher property taxes where you can easily see the change, you are fleeced a little at a time.

Almost 11% of every dollar you spend eating out goes to government.

God only wants 10%.

What does that tell you?




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8 thoughts on “Fleecing where you don’t notice

  1. Wow!! Tari AND Koos are greater then GOD!! That’s a good comparison. Maybe ONE of these days, we’ll get to the 4 horsemen part. Wonder which one will be riding the LEAD horse???


  2. Is there any chance you could list ALL the taxes we pay and the % that is charged?i.e. amusement tax to utility tax. I even see we pay a TV tax on my Comcast bill. I think the citizens of this area would be interested in how we are getting fleeced by all these all on add on taxes. Not including the highest Real Estate taxes in the Midwest.

    Larry Mohundro l.mohundro@hotmail.com

    Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:07:54 +0000 To: l.mohundro@hotmail.com


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