By: Diane Benjamin
Chris Koos has been mayor of Normal since 2003. Voters claim to want term limits – isn’t 14 years enough time to enact one?
More reasons exist to dump Koos though. At the end of FY 2016, the Town was $99,974,191 in debt! Almost $100 MILLION! The population reported to the State of Illinois was 54,373. Source: HERE
That’s more than $1,800 per person!
This is all the fault of Chris Koos and his grand plans forced on the citizens of Normal. His hand-picked Council believes they have a right to your wallet.
But this story gets better!
Just a few shot years before Koos decided to decimate Town finances to build Uptown, Normal didn’t fleece the citizens.
Dec. 30, 1999, was a big day for the town of Normal, Ill. That was the day that Normal, a community of 42,000, made its final payment on a bond debt of $12 million.
The town had instituted a policy of avoiding bonded indebtedness to finance major capital improvements in 1988. Over the next decade, Normal made a concentrated effort to liquidate its bonded indebtedness and followed a “pay-as-you-go” plan of funding major improvement projects with available cash.
To get the Town of Normal in ZERO debt, then Mayor Kent Karraker raises the Town Sales Tax to 1%, a $5 garbage fee was added, and a 4% alcohol tax was instituted.
Local Sales tax under Koos is 3.5%.
A multitude of other taxes have also been added: http://www.normal.org/129/Taxes-Fees
Garbage is now $18 per month: http://il-normal.civicplus.com/501/Utility-Rates
Has your income more than tripled since 1999?
The story details everything the Town of Normal accomplished while being fiscally responsible:
Despite the frugal financial policy, the local government has increased its staff, provided additional services — such as aprogram — and has sustained the infrastructure needs of continued growth. Additionally, it has built an aquatic center that includes a zero depth activity pool; six swim lanes; a plunge pool; waterslides; a diving area and two sand volleyball . It also has restored the historic Normal Theater; expanded softball fields with an eye toward hosting national tournaments; built a new police station and a new fire station; expanded the public library; and constructed a linear park for hiking and biking.
Ready for change?
Koos only has one challenger, Marc Tiritilli.
Check out his website: http://marcformayor.com/
If Koos is reelected, he will know Normal loves higher taxes. He will give you more!