By: Diane Benjamin
The next Board meeting for Connect Transit is July 26th at 4:30. Meetings are held in the Board Room at 351 Wylie Drive, Normal.
The packet for the meeting has not been posted yet, but Connect Transit’s year-end was 6/30/2016. This meeting packet will show the total operating losses for the entire year. For the first 11 months they lost $9,939,281: http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/June%2028%202016%20Regular%20Board%20Meeting%20Binder1.pdf
Connect Transit has a Public Comment policy that is close to legal. But, they only allow 5 people – 3 minutes each. That hardly represents the entire towns of Bloomington and Normal. It also does not allow more than 5 people if the entire 15 minutes isn’t used. The policy does have a provision for the Board to extend the Public Comment time if they want to. Speakers need to sign up at least 15 minutes in advance. See the policy here: http://www.connect-transit.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=22663
The Connect Transit website has a message from the General Manager. It wasn’t written recently because it refers to buying new buses. The statement includes this: http://connect-transit.com/about/messagegm.asp
Connect Transit will continue to be the most effective stewards of public funds while being responsive to the needs of the customers and community.
Ask your self:
- Why did the media never report these massive losses?
- How are the losses sustainable?
- With low gas prices, will ridership ever increase?
- Are the Financial Statements audited? (No sign of that on the website)
- How much more is Connect Transit costing you?
Both Bloomington and Normal increased their funding this year.
I’m not going to fight every battle for taxpayers. I give you information so you can fight. Connect Transit needs to quit operating in a bubble pretending to be fiscally responsible.
If citizens don’t attend the meeting, sign up to speak, and tell them how you feel – they will continue subsidizing failed policies.
It’s up to you.
When the packet for the meeting is posted, I will get the 12 month operating loss and report it.