By: Diane Benjamin
Chris Koos was on WJBC this morning. Hear the interview HERE
Did you know that Uptown is NEVER going to be finished? Yep, Koos said that.
He is running for a 4th term because he isn’t done with his vision.
Bloomington-Normal will be paying for a new sports facility if Koos and Renner win on April 4th. Normal raised the Sales tax 1% to pay for part of it. Bloomington is waiting until after the election to join in.
The most troubling part of the interview was Koos justifying the $1.8 million (before interest) given to the Portillos developer. Tartan has been involved in much of Koos’s vision. Koos claimed the hotel was the only place that fit their needs. If Tartan hadn’t been involved the new restaurant might have been in Bloomington. Tartan has a relationship with Koos, so what proof doesn’t Koos have Portillos was only interested in Normal?
It got worse. Koos said existing businesses need to reinvent themselves to stay competitive. Scott Laughlin asked him if Portillos would mean smaller businesses might close just like HyVee closed Cub Foods. Koos said his businesses have to reinvent themselves, and he’s right about that part, but businesses should never have to fear THEIR GOVERNMENT forcing them to reinvent themselves. It isn’t free market capitalism, I know what government attacks feel like. The Obama administration attacked my business and made it impossible to recover.
It never dawned on Scott or Chris the Town will collect LESS taxes in the future because they have to return part to Tartan. Sonic and all the other nearby eateries will have less business which means even less tax income.
Adults need to be put in charge of Normal Town Hall!
If you missed the interview on Cities 92.9 with Marc Tiritilli Tuesday, you missed what a real serious thinker sounds like.
Two of the segments are at the bottom of this link: http://cities929.com/portal.asp?pid=9156862&sid=3309
The whole interview lasted an hour including commercials and news. Ben Yount had to hold himself back from saying “Vote Tiritilli”.