By: Diane Benjamin
Charlie Schlenker did a great job moderating the forum last night between Chris Koos and Marc Tiritilli. Listen to the one hour broadcast HERE
Both the Pantagraph and WGLT coverage called Tiritilli a District 87 teacher. Both failed to mention he teaches PHYSICS. Marc obviously needs exceptional intelligence for that job and it clearly showed at the forum.
Koos was forced to admit the Town can’t borrow any more money without new revenue streams. “Revenue Streams” mean NEW TAXES! Koos has maxed out the Town’s credit cards but he knows the taxpayers can always be tapped for more money.
The Town is $94,000,000 in debt – mostly from Uptown. Koos created a TIF district (Tax Increment Financing) to generate income to pay the debt, but the income generated in Uptown is NOT close to paying the debt.
See PDF page 229 of the Town’s 5 year budget: http://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7619
For Fiscal year 2018-2019, Uptown is projected to generate $1,774,600. All of the TIF districts will only generate $2,764,009.
Now look at PDF page 233. Debt payments will be over $6,000,000 until 2030. Payments won’t be under $3,000,000 until 2038. The claims that Uptown is paying for itself aren’t close to reality. Meanwhile interest expense accumulates at alarming rates, compare it the maxed out credit card where only the minimum payments are being made. That is the Chris Koos fiscal responsibility plan!
Koos tried to compare the Town debt to a homeowner with income of $100,000 and a mortgage of $94,000. A house is most likely increase in value and the homeowner will likely attempt to pay off the mortgage as fast as possible to save the interest expense. Homeowners build equity in their properties. Normal’s debt isn’t building equity. It’s building future maintenance expenses. More than half of the payments that will be made on the debt will be interest. See PDF page 237 and following.
DEBT is the big issue in this campaign, but other subjects were discussed. Listen the end of the forum to hear what both candidates think about sanctuary cities. Hint: Koos claims to not know what they are. Tiritilli had the perfect response.
Koos is really mad at Bloomington for dissolving MetroZone. He implied that Tari Renner makes up his own facts, but we already know that. Tiritilli thinks Normal should end the agreement because it was created for infrastructure on the west side and those project were completed years ago.
Koos doesn’t see a problem with Normal’s Public Comment policy. Marc cited the Open Meetings Act law the requires public bodies to allow citizens to speak. Marc stated the 45 day rule violates that right.
The obvious choice by the local establishment will be Chris Koos. Citizens that understand Koos has buried them in debt while claiming his projects pay for themselves is a joke must help Marc Tiritilli win this elections.
Marc easily won the forum last night. Listen for yourself, isn’t Normal’s future worth an hour of your time?
Term limit Koos April 4th!
Marc can be reached on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MarcTforMayor/
Koos could only accomplish burying the Town in debt because the Town Council falls for the scam. Several members were in the crowd acting like bobble-heads when Chris spoke. As many of them as possible need replaced April 4th too.