By: Diane Benjamin
Remember that anonymous letter I received: https://blnnews.com/2016/10/27/i-cant-stop-smiling/
I filed this FOIA request based on the information in that letter. Note: This was NOT a Town of Normal employee who gave me the tip, it was a fed up taxpayer.
Per the Constitution of the State of Illinois: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con8.htm
The Town of Normal steals your money and gives it away!
You can see all the documents I received for this FOIA here: Normal FOIA
This email accompanied the above:
If a business pays an employee for days when they aren’t working, it is a cost to the business! Obviously their job is either left un-done or other employees have to do their job for them. Overtime might even be involved! Government makes their own rules so they can’t see the obvious.
It gets better:
This spreadsheet is included: (click to enlarge)
So, Normal taxpayers are paying employees not to work AND the employee gets a tax write-off for donating to the United Way. A highly compensated employee could bid $500 for a week off and not only get the tax write-off, but still collect a week’s wages for not working – maybe $2000. That’s how much an employee earning $104,000 a year makes.
It still gets better:
The Town also awards gifts and meals for employees who donate. Here’s the 2011 program – other years are included in the FOIA link above:
I’ve worked for private companies who don’t do anything close to this. They just encourage employees to sign up for a payroll deduction.
The Town of Normal raised a lot of money from their employees. How much was by intimidation? See the “Fair Share” category? That’s leftist speak for contributing to the commune.
I wonder if Bloomington does the same thing?
There is nothing in the law that says money can be confiscated from you through taxes and then given away to private charity or used to entice employees to contribute their money to a private charity.
This is misappropriation of your tax dollars, possible intimidation of employees, and possible buying votes by pushing an agenda.
Next time the United Way wants your money and you live in Normal, tell them the Town already contributed for you.
Better yet, elect people who understand that government can’t take your money a frivolously use it for whatever they choose.
Normal will be scratching their heads in disbelief. The proper role of government got lost a LONG time ago.