By: Diane Benjamin
Bill’s and Payroll for Monday night: http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2581
I don’t know what arrangement Normal made to get Home Depot to build here, but this is the perfect example of why Sales Tax receipts are declining:
Menards isn’t getting rebates, so they are at an unfair advantage. It’s called crony capitalism, picking winners and losers, or any myriad of other names that could apply. It also gives Home Depot the opportunity to sell items cheaper than Menards and Lowe’s in Bloomington. So who started the war between the cities?
If Home Depot thought the market here could support their business, they should have paid the costs themselves. For the duration of the agreement, the taxpayers of Normal are forced to make up for the taxes Home Depot isn’t paying.
Supposedly these payments are approved by the Council before payment is made.
Bloomington claims Metro Zone doesn’t exist, I wonder if Bloomington is cashing the check! Maybe it’s a test – if Bloomington does cash it, Metro Zone isn’t defunct!
When developers get paid to do what government wants:
Some interesting things you didn’t know you paid for:
Normal is hiring a lobbyist to secure Federal Funding for Uptown 2.0
It doesn’t matter the country is saddling our kids and grandkids with $20 Trillion in debt, Normal has needs they don’t want to pay for themselves! See page 64 at the link above.